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China's Internet Went Down by Largest Denial-of-Service Attack

Aug 26 2013, 6:32am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

China's Internet Went Down by Largest Denial-of-Service Attack

China has been hit by a large scale DDOS attack on early Sunday morning that has paralyzed the parts of Internet service in the nation. It has come under siege due to this act of sabotage. Many .cn websites went offline fully or partially for many hours inculding Amazon.cn, Sina Weibo and Bank of China.

The China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) issued a report regarding the protection of Chinese websites. The Ministry of Information Technology and Industry both shifted into high gear by rolling out the DNS security contingency plan. The whole aim of the game is to shield Chinese sites from future attacks. 

The CNNIC has offered its regrets at the recent accident that occurred. The staff of the organization is working full time to prevent such a similar glitch in the system from happening again. There had been a dip in traffic levels thanks to the snag that lasted some time. Approximately, a loss of 32% of the valued users took place due to the blackout. 

The speculations are pointing to a single individual who carried out the act of digital sabotage, according to the WSJ report. It is not likely that an organization would be responsible for this viral attack. The cybercrime was committed around 2 AM. Then a few more rude and shocking surprises came at 4 AM. 

By then it was clear as the light of day that this was the largest such attack in the history of China. The services of many websites were terminated causing widespread chaos. Plans are underway to counteract any such mishaps in the future. Among the major sites that had their online operations disabled were: Amazon.cn, Sina Weibo and Bank of China.  

The statement issued by CNNIC on early Sunday morning is given below:

To the notice, the attack continues, national domain name resolution services have been gradually restored. Ministry of Industry and Information Technology launched the "Domain Name System Security specific contingency plans" to further the protection of national domain name resolution services. China Internet Network Information Center, the affected user apologized to launch cyber attacks on the Internet stable behavior affect condemned. China Internet Network Information Center will work with the sector to work together to continue to enhance the service capabilities.

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