Dutch government says 'denial of service' cyberattack took down websites for hours

Associated Press

The Dutch government says a "distributed denial of service" attack was responsible for taking down several of its websites for hours on Tuesday.

In a brief statement, the government said Wednesday that it is investigating who was responsible for the cyberattack.

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The last major outage at the government's site, in May 2013, also was caused by a denial of service attack, in which an unknown attacker or attackers try to flood government computer servers with so many requests that they become unreachable for regular traffic.