Root-Server Attack Traced to South Korea, U.S.

Friday, 1 November 2002, 11:58 AM EST

Last week's attacks on the Internet's backbone likely emanated from computers in the United States and South Korea, FBI Director Robert Mueller today said.

"The investigation is ongoing," Mueller said at an Internet security conference in Falls Church, Va. He did not offer more details on the investigation, nor did he outline the evidence investigators have gathered so far.

Last Monday, a distributed denial of service attack struck the 13 "root" servers that provide the primary road map for the Internet. A subsequent and possibly related attack targeted the "name" servers that house Internet domains like dot-com and dot-info.

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