Nationwide VoIP providers targeted by ransom demands
Bandwidth.com became the latest victim of distributed denial of service attacks targeting VoIP providers this month, leading to nationwide voice outages in the past few days.
Bandwidth is a voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) company that provides voice over Internet telephony to businesses and resellers.
As of September 25 at 3:31 p.m. EST, Bandwidth began reporting that they were experiencing unexpected failures with their voice and messaging services.
“Bandwidth is investigating an incident affecting voice and messaging services. Calls and messages may experience unexpected failures. All teams are actively engaged, ”Bandwidth reported on their status page.
As Bandwidth is a leading telephony provider for US VoIP companies, many other VoIP providers have reported outages over the past few days, including Twilio, Accent, DialPad, Phone.com, and RingCentral.
Bandwidth.com affected by DDoS attack
Earlier this month, VoIP provider VoIP.ms suffered a catastrophic week-long DDoS attack that took down nearly all of its services and portals, leaving its customers without voice services.
The VoIP.ms attack was a DDoS extortion attack where threat actors posing as the ‘REvil’ ransomware group initially requested a bitcoin ($ 45,000) to stop their attacks, but later increased to 100 bitcoins ($ 4.5 million).
At the local level, there are increasing reports of consumer and business phone interruptions. An investigation of internet postings indicates that the problem appears to be spreading to all VoIP providers and is not under control at present. Blackouts are also occurring in Europe and the UK