Cyber Hackers unleashed a major attack on the internet through common devices like digital recorders and webcams and cut access to some of the world’s best popular websites on Friday, a shocking breach of global internet stability.
The attacks struck Paypal, Twitter, Spotify and other customers of an infrastructure company in New Hampshire called Dyn, which acts as a switchboard for internet traffic.
The attackers used hundreds of thousands of internet-connected devices that had previously been infected with a malicious code that allowed them to cause outages that began in the eastern U.S and then spread to other parts of the country and Europe.
“The complexity of the attacks is what’s making it very difficult for us,” Dyn’s chief strategy officer, Kyle York said.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and also the Federal Bureau of Investigation said they were investigating.
The disruptions come at a time of unprecedented fears regarding the cyber threat in the U.S, where hackers have breached political organizations and election agencies.
Friday’s outages were intermittent and varied by geography. Users complained they might not reach dozens of internet destinations including CNN, Mashable, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Yelp and a few businesses hosted by Amazon.com Inc.
According to Dyn, attacks were coming from millions of internet addresses, making it one of the biggest attacks ever seen. Security experts said it was an especially potent type of distributed denial-of-service attack, or DDoS, in which attackers flood the targets with so much junk traffic that they freeze up.