Oz carrier Primus blitzed by DDoS attack
International links 'trashed'
Australian telco Primus said it came under an intense denial of service attack on Wednesday.
The botnet-powered assault, aimed at its core routers, limited connectivity for Primus customers to sites outside Australia, according to a status message on its support page. The source or motive for the attack - which started around 1730 local time (0630 GMT) - remains unclear.
As of about half past 5 this afternoon (Wednesday May 21'st 2008) iPrimus has been under a Massive DoS Attack.
The attack is coming (as usual) from thousands of compromised systems all over the world, and while we have blocked their connections to the host they were attacking at our Core Routers, they are unfortunately still able to thrash out our International links, causing all International traffic to crawl to a snails-pace.
Please be patient while the attack is on-going and avoid using any bandwidth sites that are hosted outside of Australia.
By around midnight local time (1300 GMT) services other than email had been restored. A security contact of the Reg, who is based in Australia and happens to use Primus for her home connection, failed to notice anything untoward so it may be that Primus's stark warning overstates the problem.
Primus competes with incumbent Telstra as one of the two main carriers down under. ®
some parts of Australia
Maybe your contact wasn't in an area that was affected
I live in Blighty and have a top notch connection from a top notch ISP so I couldn't give a four x if the country that has only given the wiorld naff soaps and popstars gets knocked off the net.
Maybe it was an anti-neighbours/home and away/Kylie Minogue, etc protest.
Primus: no. 2?
I feel the other one being pulled here...
Disclaimer: I'm on TPG ADSL2+, was previously on BigPuddle cable.
So glad I moved. I mean, metering uploads? There go the torrents...
(Linux images, etc - nothing sick bird about it!)
I do know a company which runs its internet on Primus - didn't hear anything about it, though...
Mine's the one with the cr*ppy internet, no matter what your isp...
All ISPs in Australia offering ADSL2+ have their own DSLAMs installed in Telstra exchanges. Telstra is our ex-government phone system given away to "privatisation". They do still own the poles and wires and they do run a wholesale and a retail division with separation by regulation. Telstra are the biggest phone provider with their Bigpond ISP giving the most expensive broadband with tiny download allowances. Their smallest broadband plans are 256kbps with 200MB allowance. Widely disliked by geeks and techs. Whirlpool is not representative of the entire community :(