(The Hosting News) – Chinese-based websites were recently affected by a widespread DDoS attack which purportedly targeted the country’s .CN domains, the BBC reported on Thursday.
The incident was said to have begun a 2:00 local Chinese time, according to the China Internet Network Information Center. It then intensified two hours later.
The country described the attack as the “biggest ever.”
Not much other information is currently known. DDoS attacks redirect traffic, typically infected computers, to overwhelm website servers.
China has been a much discussed source of attacks, but its presence as a victim is somewhat new. Earlier this year in January, the New York Times detailed a 4-month long attack on its computer systems. China was identified as the source.
Earlier this month in August, security firm Kaspersky Lab discovered a hack attack on the Dalai Lama’s website, something that represents the Tibetan government-in-exile.