This is fascinating!
I've seen my own ISP deal with a packet loss issue lasting several days before, it had me looking to move suppliers, it was impossible to access many
But I've never seen it affecting such a significant region before.
Incidentally, it seems that this hit Europe too, not just the US.
The way I see it, this could be one of several things...
1. An infrastructure problem could be the cause. As with my own ISP, it could just be that something went down and needed to be replaced. Considering
how so many companies are owned by, and use the systems of, a larger corporation, it could just be that a major global provider had a technical issue
that affected all their sub companies. I think this is the most plausible explanation, especially considering it seems to have hit both the US and
Europe - major business and trading partners with interconnected systems more closely tied than with Asia, Australia etc...
2. It could be the testing of a kill switch, something we know several governments have been working on, from the US to Europe. I think this is less
likely. There would be easier ways to do it, with certainty, and would not require a significant test like this.
3. It could be the first instance of a major cyber war, with an enemy attempting to test their own kill switch. While implausible and unlikely, it
seems odd that this incident would happen now. The timing is strange, with the US being affected in the early morning hours of a Saturday, when
presumably fewer people would notice. One would have thought that such a problem - if it were natural, or a failure - would happen at a peak time when
the load on systems would be significantly higher.
From a little searching, it does seem that security specialists in cyber crime and threats are watching this data too.
Cyber Threat Monitoring
It's fascinating stuff. I'm keeping an eye on this one!