Late last weekend, China was hit by what officials are calling the biggest Cyberattack that the country has ever seen. For hours, Chinese internet users were victim to crashing servers, which slowed down or completely disrupted sites in the .cn domain. According to the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNIIC), all of this was caused by a huge distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
According to officials, the attackers hit twice, first striking at Chinese websites at 2am on Sunday morning, before mounting a more large-scale and longer-lasting attack at 4 am. According to Chinese state media, full service was being restored to all affected sites on Monday. Along with sites carrying the .cn country domain, popular microblogging site Sina Weibo was also affected by the attack.
It is unclear whether the attack was politically motivated by China’s strict control over internet access and sites available to Chinese users. The attack also comes in the midst of what seems to be a crackdown on Internet dissent by the Chinese government.