The IoT Made Last Week’s Cyber Attack Possible
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In case you didn’t already have enough reason to invest in producing a business continuity plan. Just consider what went down last week. With the rise of the Internet of Things, it’s time for you to get the IT support NYC services your company deserves.
What Happened To The Internet Last Week?
Late last week, a nationwide cyber attack prevented thousands of American internet users from accessing a number of high traffic websites and online platforms. Among the bigger effected names were Spotify, Twitter, AirBnb, Reddit, and most importantly, PayPal. In the beginning, it just affected the northeast. But it soon spread to pockets on all sides of the country. Precisely how much money was lost or how many transactions the attack delayed is unclear. But one thing’s for sure. This attack has set an unsettling precedent.
What’s A DDoS?
The type of attack that occurred last Friday is called a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. It means that hackers targeted one service that unifies and tangentially affects a large number of users. In this case, the target was a company called Dyn, which is a domain name server (DNS) host. DNS is what allows the Internet to navigate where it’s users are. Dyn hosts domains from all over. That’s why attacking Dyn allowed hackers to cut off access to users in so many different parts of the country.
The Bare Basics Of How They Did It
The attack works as follows. Hackers send an unsustainable amount of traffic to a server that hosts a high number of users throughout the country. This causes the server to become overwhelmed and shut down temporarily. In this case, hackers targeted Dyn, which happens to host several domains that produce some of the most traffic in the country.
The Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT), which has become massively popular in recent years, is basically the automation of everything you can think of. From smart home technology like automated lighting and sound systems to smart refrigerators for the transportation of meats, the IoT makes all things imaginable controllable from handheld mobile devices. It sounds pretty nifty and futuristic, but should also be cause for concern. It was through thousands of IoT devices across the country that the hackers of last week managed to bombard Dyn with so much traffic.
Why This Should Concern You
Losing access to your favorite music streaming service for a few hours doesn’t exactly spell out the end of the world. That a new technology like the IoT on which we’ve all grown so dependent so quickly was so vulnerable that it was instrumental toward a nationwide cyber attack is what should ring some alarms. What’s most concerning is the fact that one of your mobile devices was quite likely part of what made this attack possible.
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