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China Internet Hit By 'Largest-Ever' Attack
China has been hit by the "largest ever" attack on its internet structure, crashing servers across the country, according to a government agency.
Websites with a Chinese address - ending in .cn - went down for around two hours early on Sunday, the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) said in a statement.
The cyber attacks work by overloading servers with a huge number of requests to view internet pages - so much so that the system cannot cope and freezes.
After the first attack, a second wave was described as "the biggest of its kind ever", CNNIC said.
"The resolution of some websites was affected, leading visits to become slow or interrupted."
The organisation did not say who might have been responsible.
Washington has repeatedly accused China of trying to hack the websites of US government agencies and businesses.
But Beijing has always denied the accusations, saying China itself is a victim of internet attacks.