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Jackers jailed over service attack

FIVE junior high graduates who accidentally disconnected a huge computer network in six provinces this May were jailed for between eight months and 15 months, Yangtze Evening News reported today.

A district court in Changzhou City of Zhejiang Province found the five local residents guilty of sabotaging computer networks. They ran an illegal server hosting online games, and their attempt to hack and disconnect a competing server caused a blackout on DNSpod, an important domain name provider and registrar in China.

The server's clients include Storm Player, one of the most popular video player in China.

The attack completely jammed the server's bandwidth., the Website for Storm players, then automatically started to send requests to China Telecom, an Internet connection service, as it could not procure IP information from its users. The requests jammed bandwidth in six provinces.

The outage spread to 15 other provinces within two hours on May 19 this year. The author of the hacker software told the newspaper that they never thought their 20-minute attack could result in such havoc.


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