China's internet service was disrupted on Sunday as it was hit by the largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack ever seen in the country.
The China Internet Network Information Center (CINIC) reported that the state domain name system (DNS) node was targeted, knocking the nation's .cn domain offline on Sunday at around 2pm local time, and again at 4pm.
The organisation said it would work with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) to assess the attack and it apologised to those affected.
"China Internet Network Information Center will work with the sector to continue to enhance the service capabilities," it said, translated via Google Translate.
The huge attack on China’s network was noted as ‘ironic’ by Bill Brenner of network monitoring firm Akamai, which has frequently reported that the vast majority of DDoS attack traffic has come from China. “China is usually seen as the place where attacks begin,” he said.
The incident will no doubt have been watched with interest by those in the US, as the two nations accuse one another of underhand tactics to disrupt infrastructure. Despite this both nations have urged peace and promised to work together to ensure the internet remains a safe place to do business and share information.
Most recently China said it would investigate IBM, Oracle and EMC over their work in the country, on the back of the PRISM spying scandal that has emerged from the US, as distrust between countries over internet surveillance runs high.
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