Major parts of the Internet in the US were crashed on Friday by hackers using devices like security cameras around the world. This move affected services of Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Twitter and Spotify on the East Coast of the United States.
The Daily Beast reported that hacker used an old technique known for 20 years, a “DNS DDoS.”
Hackers launched the attack from small, Internet-connected devices like security cameras.
Many, if not most, of us are now connected to the internet, and we have become familiar with it: we shop, we bank, we socialise online. The Internet of Things is not a different internet but refers to the connection of “things” that are also on the internet.
Current estimates suggest that if there are around two billion people online, there are around ten billion things online, and this will grow to 50 billion things by 2020. The internet is the global network connecting computers in every country, whether through optical fibre, ethernet, broadband or wireless.
On Friday, hackers used the small, Internet-connected devices to crash the Internet.
“At this point we know this was a sophisticated, highly distributed attack involving 10s of millions of IP addresses. We are conducting a thorough root cause and forensic analysis, and will report what we know in a responsible fashion,” said Dyn, an internet performance service company.
“The nature and source of the attack is under investigation, but it was a sophisticated attack across multiple attack vectors and internet locations. We can confirm, with the help of analysis from Flashpoint and Akamai, that one source of the traffic for the attacks were devices infected by the Mirai botnet. We observed 10s of millions of discrete IP addresses associated with the Mirai botnet that were part of the attack.”