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Post time 2010-4-15 16:22:04 |Display all floors
so as usual, no details. the reason of the attack and other issues, only revealed that the attack was from china. good job, then. telling people in the world that chinese like to cyberattack others but refused to provide evidence.



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A company in Australia came under a cyberattack from China that was intense enough to slow traffic on part of the country's second-largest broadband network, company officials said Thursday.

Among companies affected were Australian Associated Press, the national news agency, and the Australian branch of Rupert Murdoch's News Ltd., but they were not the targets, said the telecommunications company Optus.

Attackers in China flooded an international network link to one of Optus' large commercial clients in Australia in what is known as a denial-of-service attack, the company said. This caused congestion that significantly slowed Internet and e-mail links to other customers on that link, including AAP and News.

Optus declined to identify the company targeted, citing commercial confidentiality. News Ltd.'s The Australian newspaper reported that it was a multinational financial institution, but had no further details. Optus also declined to say how many customers were affected.

The attack was blocked after about 2 1/2 hours.

Denial-of-service attacks involve a flood of computers all trying to connect to a single site at the same time, overwhelming the server that handles the traffic.

Cyberattacks linked to China have gained more attention since Google Inc. accused Chinese hackers in January of trying to plunder its software coding and of hijacking the Gmail accounts of human rights activists protesting Beijing's policies.

Early this month, a foreign journalists' organization in China had its Web site disrupted by attackers in China and the United States - the latest in a string of such cases.

Yahoo e-mail accounts belonging to foreign journalists in China have also apparently been hacked in recent weeks, and at least one rights group focusing on China says it has been hit by denial-of-service attacks.

Tony Gillies, editor-in-chief of AAP, said the company's e-mail and Internet services were slowed by the attack but delivery of its news services was not affected significantly.

"Our system protocols meant that we were OK," Gillies said. "We can't find any evidence that we were being targeted."

Optus is Australia's second-largest Internet Service Provider.
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Post time 2010-4-15 16:24:33 |Display all floors
Why not just do the Chinese government a favor and cut China off the word wide web. Win-win situation....no more cyber attacks from China and no subversive information available to the Chinese people. China could have its own intranet. Perfect solution.^^

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Post time 2010-4-15 16:27:16 |Display all floors
then people would say china is like n. korea.  mmm perfect solution isn't it.
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Post time 2010-4-15 16:30:10 |Display all floors
Originally posted by polaris1120 at 2010-4-15 16:27
then people would say china is like n. korea.  mmm perfect solution isn't it.



Well, something has to happen. China can`t just hide itself behind it`s great fire wall, denying access of unconvenient information etc but on the same time use the "free" www to start cyber-attacks. China wants a wall, lets give it one.

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Post time 2010-4-15 16:30:41 |Display all floors
Originally posted by polaris1120 at 2010-4-15 16:27
then people would say china is like n. korea.  mmm perfect solution isn't it.


Well, something has to happen. China can`t just hide itself behind it`s great fire wall, denying access of unconvenient information etc but on the same time use the "free" w w w to start cyber-attacks. China wants a wall, lets give it one.

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Post time 2010-4-15 16:35:03 |Display all floors

probably not chinese origin

attacker IDs were chinese origin as best the service provider could tell.  Any decent hacker wouldn't flag their country of origin so the attacks probably don't originate in china.

The headline reported above is just an attempt by Australian press to sell more papers using using the recent strong Australian feelings about aggressive Chinese Gov moves against Rio Tinto and possibly illegal grounding of the Sheng Neng bulk carrier in a world heritage listed national park.

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Post time 2010-4-15 16:52:04 |Display all floors
Originally posted by etatdaccord at 2010-4-15 18:35
attacker IDs were chinese origin as best the service provider could tell.  Any decent hacker wouldn't flag their country of origin so the attacks probably don't originate in china.

The headline reported above is just an attempt by Australian press to sell more papers using using the recent strong Australian feelings about aggressive Chinese Gov moves against Rio Tinto and possibly illegal grounding of the Sheng Neng bulk carrier in a world heritage listed national park. ...


It's very simple to establish that the DOS attacks came from computers in China, but it has also been reported here that the initiation of the attacks can come from elsewhere using trojans installed on unprotected computers in China which are running counterfeit versions of OS systems (therefore not being able to update security patches).

The un-named international financial institution might provide a clue, as we have seen a country or company which has offended any nationalistic Chinauvinist hackers in the past have been subject to similar attacks.
We saw a similar thing when the Georgian government was cyber-attacked by Russian hackers.
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