Burma Taken Off-Net By Cyber Attack

Burma Taken Off-Net By Cyber Attack
Burma Taken Off-Net By Cyber Attack

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By Peter Judge
eWEEK Europe
November 4, 2010

The Asian nation of Myanmar, still widely known as Burma, has been 
virtually taken of the Net by a sustained attack of unknonw origin.

Acording to analysis by Arbor Networks the cyber-warfare attack, which 
centred on the main Myanmar internet provider, the state-owned Ministry 
of Post and Telecommunications (PTT), has been going for several days 
and provided enough bogus traffic to swamp the relatively small links 
the country has to the Internet.

The attack is bigger than similar attacks on Georgia and Estonia, and 
no-one knows who is behind it, although it has been speculated on 
Twitter that the government itself may have instigated it ahead of a 
general election on 7 November. It has been widely reported that the 
Government was behind an Internet failure during the anti-government 
protests in August 2007

=E2=80=9DWe estimate the Myanmar DDoS is between 10-15 Gbps,=E2=80=9D said Craig 
Labovitz of Arbor Networks, =E2=80=9Cseveral hundred times more than enough to 
overwhelm the country=E2=80=99s 45 Mbps T3 terrestrial and satellite links=E2=80=9D


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