Thu, Mar 28, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

Massive Cyberattack Slows Internet Worldwide

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On Wednesday, parts of the Internet slowed down when a group of spammers working in an abandoned bunker in the Netherlands decided to launch a cyberattack. The attack was aimed at the anti-spam watchdog, Spamhaus, which blocks fake Viagra and weight-loss ads. When Spamhaus added Cyberbunker to its blacklist, the Dutch group retaliated with a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, one of the largest reported cyberattacks ever. Experts join us to talk about the incident and the future of online security.

Host: Joshua Johnson


  • Edward Stroz, co-president of Stroz Friedberg, a national digital risk management and investigations firm, and former FBI special agent dealing with Internet extortion and denial-of-service attacks
  • Kevin Mitnick, founder and CEO of Mitnick Security Consulting LLC, and author of "Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker"
  • Matthew Prince, CEO and co-founder of CloudFlare, Inc. -- a local company that protects websites from traffic surges and cyberattacks

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