May 23 2009

Chinese internet shut down by simple DDoS attack

Published by at 10:41 am under Uncategorized

Well, a large portion of it anyway. A DDoS attack on one domain server created a cascade reaction that left five provinces struggling to get online:

This is what happened during the DNSPod incident, however, it triggered a chain of unexpected events, which led to network congestions for the carrier networks. DNSPod’s servers happen to be used by Baofeng, a highly popular Chinese video streaming service. Once the millions Baofeng users fired up their desktop application, all the requests bounced off on the ISP servers, which did not know how to process them.

The intense traffic on the high-level servers caused bottlenecks, slowing everyone’s Internet connection down to a crawl. In addition to the users in the five aforementioned provinces, who were severely affected, customers in Henan, Anhui and Gansu have also reportedly experienced problems.

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  1. gao yulongon 23 May 2009 at 9:14 pm

    The bottlenecks in places like Gansu would make it difficult to get video, photo’s and text out bound regarding situations like those that occured recently in Gansu:

    Details have emerged about a large protest that recently occurred in Baiyin City, Gan Su province.

    The protest was sparked after bystanders witnessed the police beating a university student who had run a red light on his bicycle at noon on May 19. The protest escalated to the point where several thousand people gathered and blocked the road. Eventually, after a failed attempt by a communist party official to calm the protesters—riot police with electric batons stepped in to disperse the crowd.

    Full story and photo here:

    ………….just a thought

  2. CBRP1R8on 29 May 2009 at 7:35 am

    I found this today 5/29..I’m blocked from sending email to you guys at my normal account so…

    This immediately made me think of “Mutually Assured Destruction” but instead of Russians and Nukes…Hackers vs. Grunts and the Chinese….