China’s domain name service — which manages the .cn top-level domain — was hit by a coordinated distributed denial of service (DDoS) on Sunday, rendering many websites inaccessible or very slow.
Global Times reports that the first round of attacks came early on Sunday morning, these were repaired by 2am. Two hours later, according to the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC), the national domain name service was hit by the “largest attack in history”.
Many popular websites — including Weibo, Amazon.cn, and the Bank of China — were inaccessible or extremely slow to load on their .cn domains. CNNIC says that while service is mostly restored, the attacks are still ongoing.
The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has launched an unspecified “emergency plan” to deal with the attack.
[Via: Tech in Asia]