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Whether pesky kids, or the CIA, are to blame for last week's high profile distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, it seems all Net users were affected by the online mischief-making.

According to Keynote, which monitors such things, the Net's performance suffered across the board as a direct result of the attacks on Amazon, CNN et al. In particular, many sites that were not direct targets of the attacks, were aso affected.

"The performance of the Internet overall degraded by as much as 26.8 per cent during business hours due to last week’s denial of service attacks," the outfit said in a statement. "Overall Internet performance for users accessing Web sites degraded on Monday, February 7 and Tuesday, February compared to performance the previous week.

"Average performance on Wednesday, February 9 degraded by 26.8 percent, attributable in part to increased traffic on the World Wide Web looking for news and other information about the attacks, as well as to the increased traffic and congestion generated by the attacks themselves." ®

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