THE Distributed Denial of Service (D-DoS) attack on an Internet Service Provider (ISP) in July, that led to internet speed slowing down massively in several sections of the city, was carried out by a rival service provider, police believe. However, officers are waiting for a technical report from the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) to confirm their suspicions.
The police had initially suspected the attack to be from another country to cripple the internet in Mumbai. “Our investigations point to the role of a rival internet service provider behind the D-DoS attack,” a senior officer said. He added: “But in such cases, we cannot name the person as an accused till we get technical confirmation from the FSL.”
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The FSL said that the report has been delayed as they were are facing a staff crunch. “As a result of the staff crunch we were facing in the new technology division, there has been a huge backlog of cases. Now, however, we have the manpower and we should be able to send the report to the cyber police soon,” an FSL official said. A D-DOS attack can slow down the speed offered by a service provider to a point where it becomes very difficult to surf the internet.
“Customers will eventually forsake the internet service provider if they get painfully slow speed over a period of time. This would cause huge losses to the ISP under attack,” said an officer privy to the probe. He added, “We are still at the basic stage of investigation, but suspect that rather than a different country, a competitor was behind the attack.”
D-DoS is a cyber-attack where the perpetrator seeks to make a machine unavailable to its intended users by over-burdening the system. This is typically accomplished by flooding the targeted machine with superfluous requests in an attempt to overload systems and prevent some or all legitimate requests from being fulfilled. In the current case, the network of the service provider was being attacked at speeds of 200 Gigabyte per second.