Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Feb 2007 19:31 UTC, submitted by twenex
Internet & Networking Hackers Crackers have attempted to topple key parts of the internet's backbone, in one of the most significant attacks of recent years. The target was servers that help to direct global internet traffic. In the early hours of Tuesday three key servers were hit by a barrage of data in what is known as a distributed denial-of-service attack. There is no evidence so far of damage, which experts are saying is testament to the robust nature of the internet.
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RE: Ok then
by butters on Thu 8th Feb 2007 05:36 UTC in reply to "Ok then"
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The articles I read on this implied that the attack didn't significantly affect users. Three of the root DNS servers (including DoD and ICANN) took the brunt of the attack, and the root DNS system responded quickly by rerouting DNS requests across a widely distributed network of backup servers. The operators of the root DNS system learned a lot from the 2002 attack and have implemented a vastly more resilient architecture.

Curiously, no one has produced any viable theories as to why this attack happened. All they say is that a lot of the traffic came from South Korea. I think that given the moderate size of the attack and the casual response, it's quite likely that this was an unannounced test of the emergency response capabilities of the root DNS. In other words, with my tin foil hat firmly in place, I think one or more national governments did this on purpose. By all accounts, the system passed the test quite nicely.

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