Network Solutions outage blamed on hacking

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Network Solutions says a hacking attack is causing service disruptions that are affecting its website customers.

The company's Facebook page offers few details, but the company says it's facing a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in which hackers direct thousands of computers to access a website all at once. The fake traffic makes it difficult for legitimate visitors to get through.

On its Facebook page Tuesday, the company said some customer sites were compromised and was investigating the issue.

"Unfortunately, cybercrime is a persistent threat in today's world. Despite our best efforts, no one is immune--including large providers like Network Solutions," the company said on Facebook.

Network Solutions Inc. registers domain names and provides computers and other technologies to host websites for companies, groups and individuals. Some sites, including Network Solutions' home page, may be slow or inaccessible as a result of the attack.

Wednesday's Facebook post says Network Solutions' technology team is working to mitigate the impact of the attack.

The duration of the attack and the extent of damages were not immediately clear.