Hackers launched an attack Tuesday on at least three of the
13 root systems dedicated to DNS, or domain name system, that help to resolve
alphanumeric domain names to their specific IP addresses.
“There was what appears to be some form of attack during the
night hours here in California and into the morning,” said John Crain, chief
technical officer for ICANN.
The attacks lasted for as long as 12 hours, causing several
DNS servers to slow to a crawl from the bombardment. But thanks to the
resiliency built into the Internet’s design, most users continued on about
their business unaffected during the attack.
“It is an unusual large amount of traffic that is hitting
DNS servers. We see large attacks on a regular basis, but this hit quite a few
servers, so it was fairly large,” said Crain. “It was
extraordinary in the fact that it happened to multiple systems at once, but
this is not affecting Internet users.”
“The main thing is that there was very little impact on the
general public, the servers were able to hold up against the attacks,” said
Zully Ramzan, a researcher at Symantec Security Response, in a CNET story. “The
Internet in general was designed to even withstand a nuclear attack.”
Reports from the AP
say that experts have traced a significant amount of the rogue data to South
Korea, which could be where the attacks originated. Representatives from ICANN
and Symantec still believe that much investigation needs to be done before
determining the true cause of the attacks.
“I don't think anybody has the full picture,” Crain said.
“We're looking at the data.”
quote: “The Internet in general was designed to even withstand a nuclear attack.”
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quote: This is a common "Internet origin" myth about Arpanet (the Advanced Research Projects Agency's precursor to the Internet). The myth goes that Arpanet was originally designed as a command and control system that was designed to withstand a nuclear war. This isn't true, despite being often repeated. Arpanet (and later the Internet) was designed to withstand losses of switches and routers on the network, but this was because the switches and routers were unreliable on there own (no Nukes required).
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quote: Large scale attack when largely unnoticed thanks to Internet strength