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originally posted by: EvillerBob
Within the last two weeks, we've heard Obama talking about the need to crack down on the "wild west" of the internet. Suddenly, the US suffers an attack on its internet structure sufficient for even the average guy in the street to notice.
Shall we start a countdown for the "Internet Protection Act" that gives the government more tools to "protect" everyone from those "evil hackers"? Oh, and the malcontents (clearly internet terrorists!) who visit dodgy anti-government hate websites like... Wikileaks. Or Drudge. Or ATS.
originally posted by: 3n19m470
a reply to: Annee
He hasn't "chosen sides". He embarasses the currupt power structure wherever and however he finds it!
Did you forget what happened when the republicans were last in power in the white house?
But now that the democrats are in power and hes embarassing them, now all the sudden hes "chosen sides"? Rediculous.
The widespread disruption experienced across the internet on Friday was likely caused by hackers who launched a massive attack with web cameras and other smart devices, experts said. Hackers blocked or slowed access to sites like Twitter, Reddit, Netflix, Airbnb and Spotify by targeting a company that manages a large flow of internet traffic. The company, Dyn, fell victim to a wave of distributed-denial-of-service attacks, or DDoS, that disrupted service beginning around 7 a.m. Eastern.
Dyn Chief Strategy Officer Kyle York said the attack came from “tens of millions” of devices that were infected with malware called Mirai. The New York Times reported that web cameras and home routers were among hundreds of thousands of devices used in the attack without their owners’ awareness. Refrigerators, DVRs and other machines making up the so-called Internet of Things could have been used in the attack as well, according to Popular Mechanics. They are potentially vulnerable to hackers because consumers are less likely to protect these smart appliances with strong passwords, according to the magazine’s website.
Anonymous and New World Friday, two hacktivist groups, claimed responsibility for the attack on Friday, according to Politico. The groups said the assault was in retaliation for the shutdown of WikiLeaks founder Julia Assange’s internet access in Ecuador. Security experts told Politico, however, that the true culprit has yet to be confirmed.
Wow, just can't believe how they can hack your refrigerator. I get it, but it's just so odd