Internet users around the globe were facing slowed down service thanks to what's being called the biggest cyberattack in history.
This ought to be about a simple conflict between two small companies, but that's not the case.
It seems to be expanding in ways that have many users of the Internet, and companies that rely on the Internet, feeling very nervous.
Here’s what happened.
First of all, we have this company called Spamhaus.
Spamhaus is an Internet spam watchdog. It creates spam data filters for 1.4 billion billion users.
What that means is it helps companies avoid having their inboxes fill up with those things that none of us want – like ads for things that we have no interest in buying.
Spamhaus was looking around and it focused on a company called CyberBunker.
CyberBunker is a web hosting service in the Netherlands and Spamhaus said they were going to blacklist this company because too many of the clients of CyberBunker were sending spam messages.
That's what essentially started the war here between these two companies.
It has expanded and it has included essentially a tax upon the way the Internet works and communicates between these two companies.
If it were limited to these two companies, maybe nobody would care, but, as it has expanded, many, many, many more users throughout Europe have been somehow roped in to this, and they say they're getting slower connection speeds, maybe not able to connect to certain websites they want to connect to.
They have nothing to do with the dispute, but they're being caught up in it.
That's the big concern.
Is it affecting the United States at this point?
No, unless somebody has direct dealings with those two companies. Essentially the world is divided into five internet continents, and right now this is limited to the European and Russian one.
But this is the important point -- the world economy remains shaky enough that if you have enough disturbance in this area, other places could feel the economic ripples from it.
That's one of the very big concerns here, and that's why, as we understand it, big internet names are beginning to weigh in on this small dispute and say ‘end this,’ because we're screwing around with something that could really cost a lot of people a lot of money if it's not contained.
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