THE GLORIOUS People's Republic of China's internet service was disrupted on Sunday after it was hit with the largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack it has ever seen.
The China Internet Network Information Center (CINIC) reported that the state domain name system (DNS) was targeted, knocking the nation's .cn domain offline twice on Sunday, once at around 2pm local time and then again at about 4pm.
The organisation said that it would work with China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) to assess the attack and apologised to those affected.
"China Internet Network Information Center will work with the sector to continue to enhance the service capabilities," it said.
The huge attack on China's network was noted as ‘ironic' by Bill Brenner of network monitoring firm Akamai, which has reported in the past that most DDoS attack traffic has come from China. "China is usually seen as the place where attacks begin," he said.
The incident will have been watched with interest in the US, as the two countries have accused one another of using underhanded tactics to disrupt infrastructure. Despite this both nations have urged restraint and promised to work together to ensure that the internet remains a safe place to do business and share information.
Most recently China said that it would investigate IBM, Oracle and EMC over the PRISM surveillance scandal that has emerged in the US. µ
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