Dutch Spam Fight Boils Over Into Largest-Ever DDoS Attack

A Dutch hosting company has spent the last week slamming the servers of an anti-spam rival’s website with useless data requests, and that has set the stage for the mother of all denial of service attacks — one that has reportedly affected parts of the global Internet with slower speeds. The episode is throwing a spotlight on a potential Web vulnerability, one where a local fight can result in a lot of collateral damage.

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