Attack that took major websites offline blamed on insecure connected devices

 

A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that took down the DNS services of web infrastructure company Dyn has been blamed on the Mirai botnet, which exploits security weaknesses in Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The Mirai source code was released earlier this month. Internet companies were immediately put on alert that it could be used to cause havoc for their sites by allowing anyone with a grudge to use the tool to try and take sites offline.

They didn’t have to wait long. It appears hackers have used the tool to hack insecure IoT devices and use them to try and deluge Dyn’s systems, causing problems throughout Friday and the weekend for those trying to access websites, with Reddit, Spotify and Tumblr also affected.

 

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