On the evening of Saturday, 23 November, the upstream provider supplying services to Afrihost, Axxess, and Webafrica came under attack. All three ISPs use Echo Service Provider.

Echo, in turn, appears to have a partnership with Liquid Telecom for international transit — Internet traffic that goes outside South Africa.

During previous attacks on Echo SP, Liquid Telecom helped to mitigate the attack. MyBroadband asked Liquid Telecom for details regarding the attack that crippled Afrihost, Axxess, and Webafrica on Saturday.

“Liquid Telecommunications can confirm that during the course of [Saturday] night an attack was initiated against one of our South African clients,” a spokesperson for the company said.

“This attack was similar in size and scale to previous attacks reported on. The attack was mitigated within minutes of being seen and the network has been stable without incident since the mitigation was performed.”

The previous attack on Echo SP on 27 October was in excess of 100Gbps. Liquid Telecom’s comments suggest that the most recent attack was around the same size.



Tuesday, November 26, 2019



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