A cyberattack has kept different Spanish media in check since Friday | Technology


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A denial of service (DDoS) attack keeps media pages like At sea, The jump O Arainfo since last Friday. This offensive, which consists of flooding the server with requests addressed to a website until it is overwhelmed, continues to intermittently prevent readers from accessing these headers or lengthening their loading times.

According to Magda Bandera, director of At Sea, The incident is in the process of being mitigated by the Nodo50 company, responsible for the servers that host the affected portals. The confluence of attacks, which are also affecting the Nodo50 website, complicates recovery tasks. “They are playing with us. When a page starts working, it lasts a few minutes, but we can’t publish anything because the editor doesn’t work, and then it disappears again ”, says Bandera. “It is quite serious. It is hurting us a lot ”. The same attack has also limited journalists’ access to their emails.

An added obstacle, explains the director of At Sea, it is the strategy of the attacker, who is changing the methods used in such a way that attempts to mitigate the situation also have to constantly adapt. “There have been more than 20,000 requests per second,” he says.

From the web hosting service provider Ionos they explain that in 2020 more than 10 million attacks of this type were registered against organizations around the world, 22% more than the previous year. “The basic requirement to combat DDoS attacks as effectively as possible is that the cloud provider detects them as soon as possible, and that it can also counter attacks, which are often carried out by botnets distributed globally, at various points, ”explains Daniel Heinze, Network Manager at Ionos. In this context, one way to neutralize the attack would be to have access points hosted in different regions, so that a hypothetical flood of requests can be distributed in such a way that a bottleneck is not caused.

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The date and time of the offensive, which began last Friday at 3:00 p.m., fits into the patterns of this type of attack that usually takes place between late afternoon and evening and occurs more frequently on the weekend border. to take advantage of the absence and even the fatigue of the staff. Still, Bandera expects the systems to be fully restored through Monday. “We believe that today it has to be resolved a lot. Now they have more people reinforcements and they are on top of it. If it is not solved, we will look for something, because we cannot be like this, ”says Bandera. The authorship of the attack is still under investigation, although at least one of the attackers could have been identified as such. “Although there are similarities, we still do not know if they are the same attacks or the same people,” sums up the director of At sea.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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