Feds investigating 'largest ever' Internet attack

Wednesday, 23 October 2002, 1:44 PM EST

US Federal authorities are investigating an attack on the internet that has been described as the "largest and most complex" in history. Rather than a specific entity, the attack was aimed at the domain name system's root servers, essentially at the internet itself, writes Kevin Murphy.

In a distributed denial of service attack that began 5pm US Eastern time Monday and lasted one hour, seven of the 13 servers at the top of the internet's domain name system hierarchy were rendered virtually inaccessible, sources told ComputerWire.

"We're aware of that [the attack] and the National Infrastructure Protection Agency is addressing the matter," an FBI spokesperson told ComputerWire. No more information on the investigation was available.

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