Root Server Attack FizzlesBy Matt Hines | Posted 2007-02-07 Email Print
An attack, apparently intended to get the attention of the security community, failed in its attempt to bring down the Internet, analysts say.An attack, apparently intended to get the attention of the security community, failed in its attempt to bring down, or even slow down, the Internet, analysts say.
According to the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), the attack was aimed at one of its root serversthe top-level servers that translate requests for names into IP addresses so computers can retrieve the data on the Internet that users need.
The attack, which took place early the morning of Feb. 6, was described as a distributed denial of service attack, and was apparently intended to so overwhelm the target servers that Internet users would be unable to resolve names, and therefore not be able to reach some Web sites.
Unfortunately for the perpetrators, their efforts went largely unnoticed. In fact, at Verizon, which operates metropolitan area networks including MAE East and MAE West, was unaffected.
A spokesperson said that the operators of those networks were unaware that the attacks had taken place until they'd read about them in the news.
"It was a concerted attack," said Paul Levins, vice president of corporate affairs for ICANN, speaking to eWEEK from Brussels, Belgium. "What it demonstrated was that the distributed nature of the Internet withstood it, and the average users would have barely noticed," he said.
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