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Attack Blocks Access to Popular Web Sites

A widespread electronic attack on a company that handles traffic for some of the world’s most-visited Web sites knocked several high-profile sites offline for at least 45 minutes early Tuesday. The attack targeted Internet servers run by Cambridge, Mass.-based Akamai Technologies, which distributes and manages Web data for companies such as Microsoft Corp., Yahoo Inc., Federal Express and Xerox Corp. It also handles traffic for the FBI and washingtonpost.com. Akamai spokesman Jeff Young said the attack interrupted service to the Web sites around 9 a.m. ET and lasted for just under an hour. All the sites are currently accessible. Young said that the attack was targeted at the Internet infrastructure on a large scale, and that “We have no reason to believe that the attack was directed solely at Akamai.” Amit Yoran, chief cybersecurity officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, said federal authorities are working with Akamai and the companies that operate the Internet’s underlying infrastructure to determine the source of the attack. Full Story

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