ISPs in Maharashtra are facing DDoS attack

Small and medium sized internet service providers in Maharashtra are being facing a sustained Dedicated Denial of Service attack.

Small and medium sized internet service providers in Maharashtra are being targeted for a Dedicated Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, affecting connectivity to people in Mumbai, Thane and Pune. A DDoS attack sends thousands of requests to a server, jamming the network and making the service unavailable to legitimate users. A server, a number of machines, are dedicatedly pinging the ISPs thousands of times in a second, denying the availability of the service to the customers.

DDoS attacks can be a co-ordinated effort from a number of users around the world, but more often networks of compromised machines are used for DDoS attacks. There are called botnets, and parts of botnets are traded online. There are multiple small and medium sized ISPs being targeted, affecting their business. Service providers on this scale often do not have the security infrastructure needed to tackle such DDoS attacks.

These kind of ISPs are being targeted because they are more vulnerable to such attacks. The ISPs have approached the Mumbai Cyber Crime branch, and an FIR has been registered against the perpetrators, reports The Hindu. It is not known at this point of time who the attackers are, or the reason they are attacking the ISPs. The attack is being carried out at the speed of 200 gigabytes per second.

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