Silly hackers! You cannot destroy the internet! It's a pretty basic premise, that because the internet is a distributed network it's pretty insusceptible to being taken down wholesale by a small band of pockmarked, greasy nerds, but that's just what they tried to do.

Attacking a series of root servers with boatloads of denial-of-service attacks, it was the most extensive and deliberate attack on the whole of the internets in the web's history. What, you didn't notice? That's because it didn't really do anything, at least not anything that normal users noticed. You hear that, hackers? The score stands at internet: 1, greasy hackers: 0. Why don't you stick to phishing MySpace passwords and leave the rest of us alone?

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Hackers attack heart of the net [BBC]