Myanmar Internet link experiences external cyber attack

17:10, November 02, 2010      

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The slow-run or stop of Myanmar's Internet link, which has occurred since the past week, was caused by an external cyber attack, reported the local Myanmar Newsweek Tuesday.

It is the second external cyber attack through the DDOS system (Distributed Denial-of-Service) that Myanmar is experiencing. The first was on Feb. 1, 2010 when the Internet link service of Myanmar's Yatanarpon Teleport Company was so struck, the state-run Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications was quoted as saying.

Myanmar's normal Internet service link has failed for over a week since last Monday, troubling subscribers nationwide, especially in the Yangon commercial city.

The Myanmar telecommunication authorities did not make immediate clarification over the failure.

Due to the interruption of the Internet link, local and foreign websites and e-mails could not be opened, reflected the public.

Services dealing with heathcare, hotel, airline and media as well as IT companies and private hospitals using Internet were reportedly affected.

So many Internet cafes closed down their businesses in the city over the period.

Previously, the Myanmar Teleport used to inform users in the country online about such Internet abnormality and make apology.

According to the latest response from subscribers, the country' s Internet link started to resume on Monday afternoon intermittently.

The Myanmar Teleport has been providing the Internet service link by landline fiber link -- SEA-ME-WE3, which is Myanmar's key international link of Asia-Europe.

There are so far three cross-border fiber optic links established over the past few years which are Myanmar-China's, Myanmar-Thai's and Myanmar-India's to boost information link between Myanmar and the three neighbors.

Meanwhile, a first Myanmar-language national web portal and an Internet exchange were formally launched in the Yatanarpon cyber city in Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay region on Oct. 17.

Source: Xinhua


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