Who Broke Internets What do Twitter, Spotify, SaneBox, Reddit, Box, Github, Zoho CRM, PayPal, Airbnb, Freshbooks, Wired.com, Pinterest, Heroku and Vox Media properties have in common on the morning of October 21, 2016?

They Are All Pretty Much Down

Check out this graphic from downdetector.com to see just how many sites have been impacted. (click to enlarge) Broken Internet One of the largest risks to the Internet is if critical services are attacked or compromised. As a result, vast numbers of companies, services, transactions, and operations can go completely dark. Today, a massive Distributed Denial of Service attack is affecting much of the east coast of the United States and crippling these websites, their commerce, and making them nearly unavailable according to The Hacker News. This story is now becoming the hot news across CNN and the Wall Street Journal, with journalists scrambling for details on the attack and the outage.

While the true source of the attack is still unknown, theories about the technology currently being used in the DDoS range from DVR IoT devices (used in a similar attack a few weeks ago in France) to a sponsored nation state. There are indications that a sophisticated variant of the Mirai DDOS malware named Hajime has started to propagate, and may have been a cause of these latest outages. Hajime is a self-propagating IoT worm that uses brute-force attacks to infect systems, relying on hardcoded or default credentials in IoT source code.

The US Department of Homeland Security warned on October 14, 2016 that hackers where infecting internet connected routers, printers, and smart TV’s to build armies of bots for potentially such a purpose. The financial impact is something everyone should take notice of. When more details emerge about the who, what, when, and where we will certainly keep you up to date. For now, everyone wants their services restored and a deep comprehensive report on how this happened, what devices did they use, and who was behind it. Then, and only then, can we figure out how we can stop it from happening again. Stay tuned for more…