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Oracle to buy web services provider Dyn

The private company was at the center of a massive internet attack in October that knocked dozens of popular websites offline.

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Oracle is buying web services provider Dyn for an undisclosed sum.

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Oracle said Monday it had agreed to acquire Dyn, the web services provider hit by a massive internet attack in October that left dozens of popular websites inaccessible for several hours.

The privately held New Hampshire-based company is one of the biggest internet management companies in the country and one of a handful of companies that help manage the internet's domain name system, which links every web address to servers using a unique set of numbers.

The company was thrust into the public spotlight in October when hackers used what's known as a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) -- conscripting hordes of internet-connected devices like computers, routers and security cameras into a botnet -- to flood Dyn's servers with junk traffic, crippling them.

Terms of the sale were not revealed. Oracle representatives didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.