Burma hit by massive cyber-attack

Dylan Bushell-Embling
telecomasia.net
Politically motivated hackers appear to be targeting Burma with a massive, sustained DDoS attack in the run-up to Sunday's elections.
 
Burma's main ISP - the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication (MPT) - has been bombarded with a large scale DDoS, disrupting the majority of traffic to and from the country, security firm Arbor Networks said
 
The assault is believed to have started on October 25, but attack traffic has spiked this month, Arbor said.
 
At its peak, the attack involved data transfer rates of over 15Gbps – hundreds of times more than is needed to overwhelm Burma's 45Mbps T3 terrestrial and satellite links.
 
The sophisticated DDoS contains dozens of different attack components, and traffic has been registered from IPs across at least 20 different providers.
 
Attempts to access Burmese websites - including the MPT's own website - are still timing out today.
 

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