The entire nation lost its connection because of an attack. Service was down for several days, and apparently few knew.
“When you’re in Myanmar, no one can hear you scream!”
Just like the movie Alien, it must have been quite scary to lose connection to an entire part of the world. Where the contact was lost, however, is somewhat like the wild west of the internet, so that may be part of why it took so long to discover.
From Secure Computing, an Australian site, we have –
Massive DDoS attack against country.
Myanmar has been hit with a sustained distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack said to have knocked the country offline for several days.
An analysis of the attack by Arbor Networks estimated the DDoS traffic at between 10 and 15 Gbps.
"Normally Myanmar traffic peaks well under 100 Mbps," Arbor said in a blog post.
"Two days ago, DDoS traffic jumped into a sustained multi-gigabits per second."
The company believed that a "number of upstreams had begun to blackhole traffic to address space" owned by the country’s main ISP, the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication (PTT).
Arbor said the motivation for the attack was unknown, although there was speculation it could be related to November 7 elections in the country.
It makes me wonder what might happen if something like this had happened near election time in this country. The fingers would be wagging in all directions, and the responses would be quick, but how long might something like that keep a blackout on any one part of the nation?
News like this should make those in control of this type of traffic double check things, and not simply say “can’t happen here”.
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