“Thus, an attack on ISPs is an attack on the nation”.
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in Mumbai are facing an unprecedented attack by hackers which has reduced surfing speeds in the city.
Inspector General of Police (Cyber Crime) Brijesh Singh said, “Some unknown people are involved in crashing the ports of Internet Service Providers by making lakhs of requests at a particular terminal at a particular time, which we call “Distributed Denial Of Service”.
According to the post on The Hindu, IGP (Cyber Crime) Brijesh Singh said, ‘An FIR has been filed with the Cyber police station in BKC under sections 43 (F) and 66 of the Information Technology Act. They also said the attack was still being carried out. “We have registered an FIR and started tracking down the operators who are trying to crash the servers or ports of ISPs”, he said, adding that the attack has slowed down the internet services and affected subscribers of ISPs.
“We are investigating the matter”. Other than this, it’s not clear which ISPs are affected although this reddit thread claims that Airtel is the primary ISP being DDoSed, which distributes broadband to other smaller companies, leading to network blockages across a wide range of ISPs. The attack, however, still continues. The resources behind the attack have to be considerable. “Kindly bare with us as we are trying to solve this problem in very short period with the help of high skilled technicians. please be with us and let’s fight against these hackers (sic)”.
As of Monday morning, small and medium ISPs are still struggling to provide uninterrupted service to users.
IT expert Vijay Mukhi says, “The idea of a DDoS is to make a computer or a server very slow so that anyone who uses an ISP’s services can not connect. All a hacker has to do is buy enough infected IP addresses and use them for a DDOS attack”.
Typically, DDoS attacks are targeted at big websites or platforms with the intention of taking them down or blocking access to them.