Telstra Malicious Traffic Attack: Australian User "Rubbish Customer"

Telstra hit by cyber attack causing widespread internet outage

A trending topic in Australia amid lockdown of several areas is the cyber attack which downs Telstra network.

Hackers are carrying out a "malicious" cyber attack on Telstra, creating connectivity issues for some home internet users. The company blamed a Denial of Service attack (DoS), in which the company's Domain Name Servers were maliciously overloaded to the point that people's internet just stopped working.

Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane are the main outage hotspots.

Telstra's own Network Outage internet pages have also been impacted, leaving many affected customers left to learn about the outage through social media.

Telstra says they are aware of the problem and are working to resolve it. "We're doing all we can to get you back online".


"Your info isn't at risk", the company tweeted. Sorry to mess with your Sunday plans.

The issue is now resolved, and the telco has backpedalled on the cyber attack claim.

Customers that switched their DNS to the likes of Google's 8.8.8.8 were able to get back online.

"The massive messaging storm that presented as a Denial of Service cyber-attack has been investigated by our security teams and we now believe that it was not malicious, but a Domain Name Server issue", Telstra said in a tweet.

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