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The internet around the world has been slowed down in what security experts are describing as the biggest cyber-attack of its kind in history. A row between a spam-fighting group and hosting firm has sparked retaliation attacks affecting the wider internet. Experts worry that the row could escalate to affect banking and email systems. Five national cyber-police-forces are investigating the attacks. Steve Linford, chief executive for Spamhaus, told the BBC the scale of the attack was unprecedented. The attackers have used a tactic known as Distributed Denial of Service which floods the intended target with large amounts of traffic in an attempt to render it unreachable. Spamhaus has alleged that Cyberbunker — a Dutch web host that states it will host anything with the exception of child pornography or terrorism-related material — is working in cooperation with “criminal gangs” from Eastern Europe and Russia and is behind the attack.

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