Attack temporarily cripples backbone of Internet

Nine of the 13 computer servers that manage global internet traffic were crippled as a result of an unusually strong electronic attack this week, reported the Associated Press yesterday.

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  October 23, 2002

Nine of the 13 computer servers that manage global internet traffic were crippled as a result of an unusually strong electronic attack this week, reported the Associated Press yesterday.

The attack, which is under investigation by the FBI and the White House, went unnoticed officials told AP, as it was brief.

A spokesperson for the FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Centre told AP that they were, “aware of the denial of service attack and addressing this matter.”

The 13 computers are spread geographically across the globe as precaution against physical disasters and operated by U.S. government agencies, universities, corporations and private organizations.

The Internet backbone is made up of large networks operated by major telecommunications companies and US agencies such as GTE, MCI, Qwest, Sprint, UUNet, and ANS.

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