The day DDoS attacks broke the internet
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All your worst security fears came true when the internet literally broke on October 21, 2016. A distributed denial-of-service attack larger than any DDoS attacks in history launched against the New Hampshire-based DNS provider Dyn. The result? Many popular web services, including Netflix, Amazon, Twitter, Runescape, and more, suffered hours-long outages. We're still waiting for the full details about what exactly went down, but we know a particularly nasty strain of malware, known as Mirai, caused the attack. Instead of taking control over a virtual army of computers, Mirai latched onto unsecured Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as security cameras, routers, and printers. We can contribute the success of the massive attack to the sheer volume of unprotected connected devices in workplaces, with Dyn reporting the involvement of over 100,000 malicious endpoints. By The Guardian's estimation, it was two times larger than any botnet incident in history.