Part of the Chinese Internet went down early Sunday morning, reports the WSJ, in what the government is calling the largest denial-of-service attack it has ever faced.
The attack began at 2 a.m. Sunday morning and was followed by a more intense attack at 4 a.m., according to the China Internet Network Information Center, which apologized to affected users in its statement and said it is working to improve its “service capabilities.”
CNNIC is the administrative agency responsible for Internet affairs under China’s Ministry of Information Industry. The country has seen a major increase in DDoS attacks — tripling year-over year according to Akamai’s State of the Internet from Q4 2012. China is still the No. 1 origination country for attack traffic from a quarter-to-quarter basis.
The attack, which was aimed at the registry that allows users to access sites with the extension “.cn,” likely shut down the registry for about two to four hours, according to CloudFlare, a company that provides Web performance and security services for more than a million websites.
The attack came during the sensational trial of Chinese official Bo Xilai, but motives behind the attack, if known, are unlikely to be publicly revealed, according to GigaOm.