China News from U.S. Hit by Denial of Service Cyber Attack Originating from China
(January 14, 2010, Atlanta, Georgia) -- Concurrent with the Chinese cyber attack on Google’s gmail, VerticalNews China was the subject of a denial of service (DoS) attack on Wednesday that originated from China. The company also publishes the popular China Weekly News, and both titles are available on the Internet.
VerticalNews China is a product of NewsRx, a 25-year-old news publisher headquartered in Atlanta. The attack was quickly stopped when the company’s IP service identified the source and blocked it. VerticalNews China can be found at www.VerticalNews.com
“Your VerticalNews site was getting a denial-of-service attack (DoS attack) from someone in China. We went ahead and quickly blocked the source IP address at the router level,” according to NewsRx’s IP service located in Bowie, Maryland.
“In a DoS attack, they are not hacking into your machine, but are preventing it from being usable to everyone else by sending very high volumes of traffic in very short amounts of time. I think you may have been targeted because of your VerticalNews China coverage.”
VerticalNews China covers day-to-day business news, medical research, manufacturing and technology developments in China. It does not have a political agenda, but is a major supplier of detailed, in-depth news about China. Today’s issue is fairly typical of its coverage, including articles on the number of gas stations in China; a report that Liberty Mutual Group Insurance has received permission to open an office in Zhejiang; that CBI China will host the third annual China Petrochemical Summit; that Shanda Interactive Entertainment Limited has received an award; and a report that forecasts Asia Pacific jet fleet growth will expand 80%, led by China.
“I do know that the large-scale attack originated in China, and now that we know it can happen, we’ve taken steps to hopefully prevent future disruptions,” said Susan Hasty, publisher at NewsRx, the parent company of VerticalNews. “We have every intention to continue coverage of vital news about China.”
VerticalNews China and VerticalNews India were launched by NewsRx in 2009, to expand the company’s coverage of the Far East. The content is also available at the online sites of Lexis Nexis, Dialog, ProQuest and Gale through the additional VerticalNews titles China Weekly News, China Business Newsweekly, Journal of India, India Business Newsweekly, and Asia Business Newsweekly.
NewsRx, of which VerticalNews is a division, publishes 190 weekly publications in health and medicine, life sciences, agricultural, engineering, technology, manufacturing, earth sciences, general news, and consumer interests. Headquartered in Atlanta, the 25-year-old publisher maintains the websites, www.NewsRx.com and www.VerticalNews.com, where its publications are housed and sold. Its book division, encyK, has published seven encyclopedias on disease and chronic conditions. A full list may be found at www.encyk.com
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