‘Unprecedented’ Cyberattack Involved Tens of Millions of IP Addresses



Tens of millions of IP addresses were used to take down popular websites like Twitter and Netflix as part of a massive cyberattack on Friday.

Dyn’s chief security officer Kyle York said that the sheer volume and consistency of these attacks was unprecedented andit is continuing its investigation into the root cause. They run 18 data centers globally and it was hitting all of them at different and unique times.

Even though its not a physical bomb, it has some similar effects, said Hayden James a Linux Systems analyst, citing the loss in business and advertising revenue.


  • The FBI said that it was “investigating all potential causes of the attack.
  • Linux Systems analyst Hayden James said the impact of the cyberattack on businesses can be significant.
  • The disruption may have lost companies up to $110 million in revenue and sales.

“While James said he believes this to be the worst DDoS attack in recent memory, future attacks could last longer and cripple the U.S., like one that impacts trains or the stock market.”

“There’s a strong possibility of far more sophisticated attacks that could shut down the entire internet for everyone for hours, if not an entire day,” added James.

Original Source: http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/22/technology/dyn-cyberattack/index.html

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