Game site rivalry took down Internet across China

Authorities say that having suffered numerous denial of service attacks from rivals itself, the company decided to launch an attack on a location domain name server (DNS) registrar DNSPod, which served many of its competitors.  

When DNSPod’s servers were overwhelmed, it began routing traffic to China Telecom’s servers, whose subsequent failure caused Internet outages in six different provinces of the country.

According to Interfax China, a business news and research organisation, the country’s online gaming industry is expected to reach $2.7 billion next year. The scale of popular involvement in online games can be staggering; two of the most popular games in recent times, Fantasy Westward Journey and Zhengtu Online, have both reached peaks of over 1.5 million users playing at one time.

But questionable competitive practices such as the above story mean that this popularity may threaten the integrity of the Internet infrastructure in China, causing problems for businesses that operate in or outsource to the country.

Pete Swabey

Pete Swabey

Pete was Editor of Information Age and head of technology research for Vitesse Media plc from 2005 to 2013, before moving on to be Senior Editor and then Editorial Director at The Economist Intelligence...

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