[photopress:xinet_1.jpg,full,alignright]Every domain name system (DNS) server operating under Xinnet, a leading hosting service provider, had been hacked, shutting down tens of thousands of websites. Users were unable to access numerous popular website, including Skycn.com, China’s biggest software download site and China’s webmaster community, im286.com.
An employee confirmed the attack and said they have been recovering the servers and data in the hours following the breakdown. Most webs have recovered.
Xinnet was founded in 1993, and apart from offering a broad range of Internet services it is China’s biggest domain name registry agency. Xinnet oversees 600,000 registered domain names and controls 20 percent of market share in China’s Internet service industry.
The attack coincided with the opening of the 2006 China Internet Conference in Beijing, hosted by the Internet Society of China. One of the main items on the agenda is web security.
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