Friday, November 25, 2016

Botnet Meatnet Wetnet Nextnet

And Hairnet

Just keeping track here:

Army of webcams used in net attacks
BBC News, Sep 2016

One of the biggest ever web attacks - in which more than one terabit of data was fired at a website to knock it offline - has been reported.

Web hosting company OVH said it had been attacked by a botnet (zombie army) of hacked devices such as webcams.

The previous largest attack was thought to be one on security expert Brian Krebs' website which hit 620Gbps (gigabits per second).

And Here:

What We Know About Friday's Massive East Coast Internet Outage
Wired, Oct 2016

...distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) that took down a big chunk of the Internet for most of the Eastern seaboard...aimed at Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company headquartered in New Hampshire...Dyn’s Internet directory servers were stopped by a flood of malicious requests from tens of millions of IP addresses disrupting the system...“very sophisticated and complex attack.”  ...infects Internet of Things devices (webcams, DVRs, routers, etc.) all over the world... Once infected, those Internet-connected devices become part of a botnet army, driving malicious traffic toward a given target.

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