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How Your Email and DVR Brought Down the Internet

Posted by Sendio

November 9, 2016

A couple weeks ago, tens of millions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices started a brutal attack on Dyn, a company that manages website domains and routes internet traffic. Each of these devices were targeted from a single point of failure. A human being opening a malicious email. Popular websites such as Twitter, Spotify, PayPal, and many more were experiencing difficulties due to a vicious cyberattack. Dyn first posted about a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack around 7am ET. By 9:30am the issue had been resolved but shortly after the second wave of attacks started. By Friday afternoon Dyn was working on resolving the third and final round of attacks. This caused a huge internet outage mainly affecting the east coast of the United States. Although, by the middle of the day parts of Europe were beginning to report the they were experiencing an outage as well. During a DDoS attack, servers are flooded with so much traffic and requests for information that they can’t respond to them all, often crashing under the bombardment.

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Topics: Email Security, Internet of Things

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