The incident supposedly began at 2:00 local time. By 4:00, it had “intensified,” China’s Internet Network Information Center noted.
The country has yet to make any claims as to who may have been responsible.
DDoS attacks commonly redirect a network of infected computers to visit a target’s website, thus overwhelming servers, often causing slow service and/or downtime.
China has been accused a number of times for being the source of hack attacks itself. Earlier this year, the New York Times noted a source in the country had hacked its system for a period spanning four months.