DDoS Attacks In China Leave The Websites Wounded
According to Sina.com, server of China's leading DNS (Domain Name Service) providers has been affected by cyber-terrorists. Several small and large sites like ShanghaiDaily.com, also availing their facility have been restored and the provider has guaranteed to reinstate the minor sites by October 7, 2006. Some other sites like qq.com & huash.com have also corroborated the cyber- attack.
China's favorite DNS provider Xinnet had its computers attacked by the cyber-terrorists. Xinnet has more than 238,000 corporate clients for above 60 DNS enrollments, business mail & virtual host facilities. Its computer experts are waiting to track down the cyber-terrorists & are examining the techniques that were probably employed to hack the servers.
The company has affirmed that the attack, which is believed to be a big one, went on for almost eight hours. The strike damaged about 180,000 sites out of which 30 % were listed below the Xinnet DNS provider. "It's evidently not a straightforward DDoS attack," alleged a spokesperson from the company's customer service department.
When manifold systems are employed to deluge the computer resources of a network trying to disrupt the users from accessing a service, it is said to be a DDoS (Distributed Denial of service) attack. Cyber-terrorists can implement several methods to affect these computers.
"We will get legal assistance if required. We expect everything will be completely reinstated following the seven-day National Day vacation. The Chinese celebrate a weeklong national day vacation beginning October 1, 2006" according to Xinnet's apology statement for its clients.
According to Wang Zijing, who takes cares of the computer network of Wenhui Xinmin United Press Group (Shanghai Daily's publisher), the retrieval in such a huge attack might take almost a week.
Xinnet severely criticized the strike but stated that it would not offer any sort of recompense because of attack since it itself was a victim. Local media said that the financial losses due to attack are estimated to have touched 10 million Yuan. Nevertheless, certain experts believe that it is just a method of acquiring clients' empathy by the company.
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» SPAMfighter News - 29-09-2006