Looks like someone is flexing the muscles to see how many the DNS root servers can take. This screenshot is from the ripe status page of the root servers:
As you can see only two root servers, G (US department of defense) and L (ICANN) are really hit by this attack, here is a screenshot of L:
The others do not seem to have any problems.
I wonder what the attackers want, why they are launching these attacks. Some people said that could be a test run,l but for what? Blackmailing?
Wired News also has a cover of that story, reporting that the attack may be aimed at UltraDNS, a company that manages server loads on .org servers. We’ll see if they get a grip on some real suspect. Slashdot read my submission and has the story also. Quite some funny comments there. 🙂