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Domain root servers under heavy attack

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    This Tuesday will be remembered as a day of really serious hacker attempt. Unknown hackers tried to flood root servers with DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack. In the early hours of Tuesday three key servers were hit by this serious attack method. There is no evidence so far of damage, which experts are saying is testament to the robust nature of the internet. The so-called root servers involved in the attack act as a kind of global address book for the internet by translating website name information into IP addresses to enable computers to visit particular sites. The servers involved were each operated by a separate body - the US Defense Department, the net’s oversight body ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and UltraDNS, which manages traffic for websites ending in “org” and some other suffixes.

    “Last night we were seeing attacks which lasted for a couple of hours. There were probably hundreds of root server operators co-operating around the globe to make sure that the average user wouldn’t notice,”
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