China Internet outage could have been hacking attack
Published on Jan 22, 2014 10:02 AM
SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - A major Internet outage in China on Tuesday that rerouted users to the American website of a company which helps people get around Beijing's censorship may have been due to a hacking attack, the official Xinhua news service reported.
The state-run China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) said in a microblog post that the outage, which lasted for several hours, was due to a malfunction in China's top-level domain name root servers on Tuesday afternoon.
Chinese Internet users were rerouted to a United States-based website run by Dynamic Internet Technology, a company that sells anti-censorship web services tailored for Chinese users, including a product that enables the retrieval of microblog posts deleted by Chinese censors.
Dynamic Internet Technology did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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