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    Tuesday, July 14, 2009

    Eircom receive Denial of Service (DoS) attack

    So Eircom are reporting that "hackers" have attacked their network, reports

    A number of Eircom customers had no internet access or experienced delays in browsing due to a suspected attack by hackers last night.

    It is the second time recently that Eircom services have been affected by an 'unusual and irregular volume' of traffic directed at the site.

    Eircom acknowledged many of its customers have recently experienced significant congestion while trying to log onto the internet.

    Service was down for some customers from yesterday afternoon, but the company said it was fully restored by 11.15pm.

    Eircom said it is too early to confirm an attack by hackers, but it believes that an unprecedented volume of traffic was deliberately directed at its network in recent days.

    In the US, the Department of the Treasury and the Secret Service experienced similar problems when high volumes of traffic were directed towards its sites on 4 July - in what is believed to have been a coordinated cyber attack.

    Eircom said its technical specialists have and are continuing to work to restore service and determine the source of the problem.


    The man with no hat said...

    I'm not a "techie" but I've learned a lot about routers/modems and Domain Name servers in the last month!

    It started in June with intermittent outages and I made several calls to Eircom support. I learned about the Netopia router interface page, which you access by typing into your browser.

    After the first major outage I did some googling and discovered the broadband page (linked to on this website) and learned about DNS and how to change the settings in the netopia router to use another company's dns (OpenDns). I was a bit scared to go messing and so didn't bother. Then when the second outage started last weekend I went back to and followed the instructions (they're repeated several times eg Once you've clicked 'save changes' you might get a login fail, just click it again.

    Every Eircom customer can switch the router's dns settings to use Opendns so nobody need lose their internet next time Eircom's dns gets attacked.

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