Internet Hit by Significant Hack Attack

Although hackers launched an unusually powerful attack on the Internet that lasted as long as 12 hours on Tuesday, the hacker attack seems to have gone unnoticed by most Internet users. Experts said the hackers appeared to disguise their origin, although vast amounts of rogue data in the attacks were traced to South Korea.

Hackers briefly overwhelmed at least three of the 13 computers that help manage global computer traffic Tuesday in one of the most significant attacks against the Internet since 2002.

Experts said the unusually powerful attacks lasted as long as 12 hours but passed largely unnoticed by most computer users, a testament to the resiliency of the Internet. Behind the scenes, computer scientists worldwide raced to cope with enormous volumes of data that threatened to saturate some of the Internet's most vital pipelines.

The motive for the attacks was unclear, said Duane Wessels, a researcher at the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis at the San Diego Supercomputing Center. "Maybe to show off or just be disruptive; it doesn't seem to be extortion or anything like that," Wessels said.

News source: Newsfactor

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The attack lasted 12 hours. That is a good deal of effort.
The attack overwhelmed 3 of the 13 internet root servers. 3 down out of 13 is "significant".

The fact that the rest of the infrastructure held up attests more to the robustness of the internet's structure and organization than it does to whether the attack was "significant".

i dont think they should have a reason why to do it... they r doing it because they can... honestly i always try these things on some networks sometimes but only if it will not harm anything like when am at work alone i just do it out of bordom or to test things out or as they say it... just for the hell of it.. i dont know what other people think but i liked the news and am proud about it

So.. let me get this right. A bunch of black hat hackers attacked the "internet" namely the major routing junctions for no apparent reason, and on top of that it had very little effect. Relative to other attacks im sure this was very powerful, but relative to the raw data and routing capacity of the internet i bet this was a fly on the radar.

Seriously though, im more and more proud of the internet ever passing year. It went from science, to porn, to business, and finally its become quite the community orrientated information shareing network it should have been all along. Not to mention how awesome the raw technology behind it.

To end ill say this...

If the internet connection in new orleans can survive total disaster, then these hackers dont really have a chance.

Lets all just hope that as the internet grows there is a continued trend towards it being not just a network of centralised computers, but a decentralised computer system itself. Black Hats would have a very difficult time damaging it seriously then...

To be fair, attacks like this might spark an interest in replacing some of the dated hardware/tubes that connect us all - it is good to remember that things sometimes might need updating...

I think it was more aimed at overloading a select few root servers, and it wasn't the fault of a general network infrastructure. Even if it would be, the Internet as a whole can never really be dimensioned for DDOS attacks -- that wouldn't seem economical to me.

From what I see, they didn't affect the load distributed international root servers though, and I don't quite see why not all of them are by now.

Here's the affected root servers:
http://www.glowfoto.com/viewimage.php?img=...07&srv=img3

And what/where each of these correspond to:
http://www.root-servers.org/

The ones suffering were G (US DoD) and L (ICANN), neither of which distributed by Anycast...
I can at least understand why the South Korean (?) hackers try to disguise the origin.

I just don't understand why they feel the need to bother, but then again I don't understand why people feel the need to break glass in bus shelters. Maybe these people are just the internet's equivalent of a chav, but chavs are brainless and I'm not sure you can be brainless to be a hacker.

They sound cut it out and find something better to do with their time. If they like scripting things to make the internet go slower why don't they turn their talents to doing the stuff software and hardware testing.

StuRReaL said,
I just don't understand why they feel the need to bother, but then again I don't understand why people feel the need to break glass in bus shelters. Maybe these people are just the internet's equivalent of a chav, but chavs are brainless and I'm not sure you can be brainless to be a hacker.

They sound cut it out and find something better to do with their time. If they like scripting things to make the internet go slower why don't they turn their talents to doing the stuff software and hardware testing.

We'll never know the reason they did it because we simply dont have the same thought process as them. Some people can be dumb or brilliant but for unknown reasons simply behave outside the normal bound of society. They're born destructive instead of creative. Its the insanity plea for murder.... think about it, to really commit murder in the real sense of the term you'd have to be insane in the first place. Its the same for these people, they do it because they're insane, and because of that, we'll never full understand there reasoning. The same as misguided youths not being able to devote their time to constructive purposes. They can be both INTELLIGENT and MISGUIDED at the same time. The two, as shown by this are no mutually exclusive.

I have thought about this quite a bit... and i have come to the simplest of conclusions.

There are two types of people in the world, those who build sandcastles as children, and those who knock them down.

It's a challenge for them. They do it to show themselves that they can. Hackers usually don't have ulterior motive, they just like the challenge.

The worse part is, that featuring them in international news only encourages it.

bmgoau said,
There are two types of people in the world, those who build sandcastles as children, and those who knock them down.

Yeah that makes perfect sense. But still one wonders how they have come to have this reasoning, because I somehow doubt its a hardwired genetic thing.

Gotta be script kiddies. Real hackers are supposed to be explorers. Well, they used to, anyway. Attacking Internet nodes is retarded. You DON'T crap where you eat.