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Vocus says its response to a cyberattack temporarily triggered NZ internet outages

By Reuters

WELLINGTON -New Zealand’s third largest internet provider Vocus NZ said on Friday its response to a cyberattack temporary triggered a widespread internet outage.

The company said its systems blocked a denial of service (DDoS) attack on one user but in doing so caused some Vocus customers in the country’s largest cities – Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch – to suffer outages.

Vocus said the issue was resolved within 30 minutes.

“We are working closely with the vendor of this platform to understand why this occurred,” said a company spokesperson.

A DDoS attack is a way in which hackers disrupt a server by overwhelming it with a flood of internet traffic.