A major breach of security at Internet company Dyn took down multiple, huge websites on October 21, leading to widespread panic. After the mysterious hacking, it was discovered that the attack went through the ‘Internet of Things.’ If that sounds confusing, you’re not alone. Click through to learn more!
1. The Internet of Things, defined:
The Internet of Things is a term for everyday, inanimate objects that are increasingly becoming wifi capable. Great examples are Apple Watches and Fitbits! Essentially, it’s anything that connects you to the Internet that isn’t a computer, phone or tablet — just things. Other examples are the Amazon Echo, the Nest Thermostat, CCTV cameras, DVRs and routers. There are even refrigerators with Internet capability!
2. Dyn was the victim of a DDoS attack
The hackers are believed to have gone through the Internet of Things to execute a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Internet company Dyn. Typically, computers are hijacked by hackers to carry out this kind of widespread attack. But Dyne said the barrage was through “10s of millions” of things, instead!
The company is extremely important in terms of accessing major websites. Dyn routes traffic properly to websites when you type in its URL, so when it was attacked, there were widespread website failures all day.
3. Tons of websites were temporarily downed
You may have been one of the people who panicked on October 21 when you were trying to work online, or simply browse the web with no luck. The Dyn attack downed major websites like Amazon, Twitter, Spotify, and AirBnB.
4. The devices were infected by malware
The wifi-connected devices were reportedly infected by malicious malware called the Mirai bonnet, according to Dyn General Counsel Dave Allen. “Mirai scours the Web for so-called IoT devices protected by little more than factory-default usernames and passwords, and then enlists the devices in attacks that hurl junk traffic at an online target until it can no longer accommodate legitimate visitors or users.”
5. The incident is being investigated by Homeland Security
The White House is monitoring the attack to see who orchestrated the event, and why.
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