A short time ago hundreds of websites were attacked by a massive DDoS attack. The attack managed to cripple the access to the Internet for the users on the East Coast and across the United States.
Plenty of big websites such as Twitter, Spotify, and Netflix came down to a crawl before falling prey to the attacks against an Internet performance management company Dyn.
Dyn provides support to eight of the top ten Internet service and retail companies, but three large DDoS attacks were more than enough to bring everything down, albeit for a short time.
The first attack against the Dyn DNS infrastructure started at 7:10 a.m. EDT, but the services were resumed fairly quick. The second attack followed around 11:52 a.m. EDT, and it has been resolved around 2:52 a.m. before the final attack, which has happened around 5:30 p.m.
DDoS attacks aren’t anything new, but they are extremely effective, especially now that the hackers have more bandwidth at their disposal thanks to the Internet of Things devices. Usually, DDoS attacks are used against firewalls, servers, and applications, but nowadays botnets have become massive and capable of knocking down DNS providers.
Getting the necessary bandwidth to slow down and even crash a DNS infrastructure has become easier because that the bad guys are exploiting security flaws in IoT devices. Attackers can choose from a wide variety of exploitable devices which soon enough become a part of the attackers’ botnets.
So far, it is unknown who is to blame for the attacks against Dyn, because nobody has come forward to claim responsibility. It is speculated that the attacks were a publicity stunt for someone who wants to launch DDoS attacks as a service business, in which case, someone is surely going to claim responsibility.
Year-over-year DDoS traffic has seen a 129 percent increase in the second quarter of this year. This is a sign that DDoS attacks are on the upswing, and they will most likely increase.
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