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Unprecedented DDoS Attack At Swedish Government, Media Outlets (www.dn.se) 125

Flu writes: Yesterday, at 19:30 CET, an unprecedented DDOS attack shut down both Swedish government sites and all major news outlets, including www.aftonbladet.se, www.expressen.se, www.svd.se, www.dn.se, www.di.se and others. The attack was announced in advanced in a tweet stating 'The following days attacks against the Swedish government and media spreading false propaganda will be targeted'. A large amount of traffic was detected from Russia. Tension between Russia and Sweden has slowly but steadily intensified during the latest years, causing Swedish relocation of military forces to strategic location and increased cooperation with NATO.
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Unprecedented DDoS Attack At Swedish Government, Media Outlets

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 21, 2016 @01:40AM (#51741455)

    These sites are the largest in Sweden and still they are vulnerable to DDOS. So: ask Slashdot: how do you cope with DDoS? What are the best tools to protect yourself and what to do when the attack is on?

    • by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 21, 2016 @02:19AM (#51741519)

      how do you cope with DDoS?

      Send all packets back where they came from. They are raping our servers. They flood our network routers. They bring in DOS. Some of them, I suppose, are nice packets.

      I love network packets, I have thousands and thousands sent to me every day. But these packets were sent by nasty, nasty criminals. You know what we did in the old days with these criminals. They are drowning our servers in packets.

      What are the best tools to protect yourself

      Build a firewall, and let the hackers pay for it.

      and what to do when the attack is on?

      Vote for Donald J. Trump.

      • by phorm ( 591458 )

        Send all packets back where they came from.

        Actually that could be an amusing solution. Perhaps temporarily changing the ARP records for Russian so that the DDOS'ing machines start sending traffic back at some internal target would get the problem cleaned up quickly....

        • You appear not to know how TCP/IP works.

          • by phorm ( 591458 )

            It's not TCP/IP so much as BGP, which is often already used in DDOS protection. Normally it would be used to filter traffic through a DDOS (protection) provider but perhaps instead they could push a route change to the Russian side and send all the "fun" traffic back at some networks in the homeland.

    • by Z00L00K ( 682162 )

      Whenever a DDoS appears just shut down for a while and wait until the shitstorm passes. Nobody can run an attack forever.

      Another way to cope with attacks like this is to run servers on multiple IPs but have different IPs serving domestically compared to foreign traffic. Not a perfect solution but would at least make a DDoS attack a bit harder to execute. Even having transparent proxies may make a DDoS attack harder. Traffic shaping slowing down requests from high frequency sources is also possible.

  • Information warfare (Score:2, Interesting)

    by haeger ( 85819 )

    It's a bit scary how easy it is to knock peoples main source of information offline. This time I don't think there was anything more to it, but in case a real attack is happening, cutting people off from what's happening is one of the first things that you do.
    Could we use p2p in some form here, making sure that information can be distributed as long as there are people connected?

    .haeger

  • Here is an article describing what is happening in Sweden with security services and press and might help to explain partly why this attack might be happening.

    http://theindicter.com/paid-ag... [theindicter.com]

    • by Kiuas ( 1084567 )

      Assange likely has very little to do with this, although the Russians will probably be delighted if people think so. If it is the case that the attacks originated from Russia, then this is likely to be just the latest addition in the information warfare campaign that Russia is waging across Europe. It's very much within Russia's interest at the moment to play as much with the migrant crisis and the media as they possibly can to sow political distrust. They've been running their own 'news' channels (Sputnik)

  • It was just commersial newspapers. Public service companies was not targeted and their web sites was not down during the attack.

    • by ddtmm ( 549094 )
      I visited all the sites listed. They all load fast. Not sure what the problem is.
  • There's a level of irony that the confirmation this is the Russian state is the sheer volume of astroturf posts on here.

    Just check the Anonymous Coward posts. It's truly comical.

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