On the CityTV Breakfast show this morning they announced that root servers were hacked, when in fact they were attacked by denial of service. These attacks typically flood root webservers with data to suck up the bandwidth. I think the attack from last night was a blackmail attempt and I’ve seen this before in the industry that I work in. that’s why we pay UltraDNS the big bucks to protect us.
So, back to the story, root servers G (US Dept. of Defence) and L (ICANN) were significantly hit by the attack whereas the others were largely unaffected.Â F, I and M also saw some blips. Check out last nights activity at RIPE DNS Monitoring.
Finally, the only reasons these guy would do this is for entertainment purposes (wow, look at me) and blackmail. I vote the latter.