Massive Cyber Attacks Bring Down Websites Across The US
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Here’s what the outage looked like. downdetector.com
Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier, who wrote a blog post earlier this year called “Someone is Learning How to Take Down the Internet,” said a number of calibrated attacks have been testing the backbone of the internet of several years.
“Recently, some of the major companies that provide the basic infrastructure that makes the Internet work have seen an increase in DDoS attacks against them. Moreover, they have seen a certain profile of attacks. These attacks are significantly larger than the ones they’re used to seeing. They last longer. They’re more sophisticated. And they look like probing,” Schneier wrote. “One week, the attack would start at a particular level of attack and slowly ramp up before stopping. The next week, it would start at that higher point and continue. And so on, along those lines, as if the attacker were looking for the exact point of failure.”
Schneier, who spoke with BuzzFeed News about the blog post, said he was unable to give details about the companies being affected.
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