China based internet services were under distributed denial of service(DDoS) attack on Sunday. The massive attack disrupted a portion of the Chinese internet. One of the attack hit at 2 am on Sunday with another powerful striking just 2 hours later.
Government said it was the biggest attack ever to hit the Chinese internet. The heavy attack hit the China Internet Network Information Center, which manages the .cn top level domain and Chinese name system. Due to this a large number of websites crashed, went down or experienced slow and interrupted access.
Arbor Networks director of research Dan Holden said in an email sent to TechWeekEurope : “We saw a significant increase in DDoS attacks targeting .cn on Sunday. The number of attacks doubled and Atlas traffic statistics show a significant increase attack size, indicating a serious attack was carried out.”
Cloudfare had reported a 32 percent dip in traffic for Chinese sites. CloudFlare is content delivery system.
Wall Street Journal reported someone saying : “I don’t know how big the pipes of .cn are, but it is not necessarily correct to infer that the attacker in this case had a significant amount of technical sophistication or resources”. It is speculated that the one behind this attack could have been a individual also rather than a group.
China is home to a lot of DDoS activity, Akamai recently claimed that the country had a 34% of DDoS traffic in fourth quarter of 2012.