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  1. #1
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    internet attack ?

    (AP) - An unusually powerful electronic attack briefly crippled nine of the 13 computer servers that manage global Internet traffic this week, officials disclosed Tuesday. But most Internet users didn't notice because the attack only lasted one hour. The FBI and White House were investigating. One official described the attack Monday as the most sophisticated and large-scale assault against these crucial computers in the history of the Internet. The origin of the attack was not known. Seven of the 13 servers failed to respond to legitimate network traffic and two others failed intermittently during the attack, officials confirmed
    there are only 13 ??????????????????????????????????????

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    IMHO, I think it's stupid to make all DNS function reliant on just a few root name servers. It should be more decentralized than it currently is now.
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    That is a grossly misleading statement. The 13 servers in question do not manage global Internet traffic. They are the root nameservers that simply know which nameservers are authoritative for all domains.

    The health of the root nameservers and the health of the Internet are more or less mutually exclusive. However, how useful the Internet is without them is another question.

    Though, most local nameservers cache DNS information so you might not have even noticed the attack. However, if they are down for an extended period of time, then you will certainly notice.
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    True, although email will eventually stop if all of them go down. The Internet would still route traffic, but you'd need an IP
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    I remember reading about the way Internet is organized, and it was vulnerable to attacs, becuase just a few servers were real nodes.
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    This was reported in the Washingtonpost.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...2002Oct22.html

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