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Cyber Attacks: Smart home devices used as weapons to disrupt Internet sites

External peripherals were used as weapons in hacking by the cyber attackers. The foundation was laid a month before Friday’s attack. A Mirai code which is a malicious malware was placed on the Internet.

The affect is however confined to the Eastern part of America and some of the European countries.

Twitter, PayPal, Spotify and Reddit are the major prey’s of this cyber attack. Some of the news websites also struggled due to this attack.

Internet connected accessories like Digital recorders and web cameras have become the weapons for this largest attack.

DDOS Attack On State’s Internet Service Providers: Cops Filed FIR

DDoS or Distributed Denial of services which make the traffic immense and create the virtual traffic for a particular server is a type of cyber attack.

Investigating agencies quickly launched their precautionary measures. Though they are not so affective as the hackers used the most difficult methods to tackle.

Earlier, Middle-East countries suffered with the same type of attacks. Dyn is a company which is involved in the Internet traffic controlling. The US based company along with Flashpoint is jointly investigating into the cyber attack issue.

The Internet security breach is a challenging task for all the investigating authorities. FBI and US Department of Homeland security is also continuing with its own investigations.

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Hundreds of thousands of internet access points have been identified for the cyber attack. Unfortunately, tracing the IP addresses and blocking them could not solve the problem.

Google and OpenDNS cannot be blocked as they will stop the entire services on the internet. The attackers have chosen the Google and OpenDNS to initiate hacking.

Most of the top sites have confirmed the cyber attack. Twitter has confirmed the news. PayPal released a statement apologizing the users for non-functioning of the site in London for quite some time. But the company has not confirmed the cyber attack.

DDOS Attack On State’s Internet Service Providers: Cops Filed FIR

Cyber-attack on small and medium Internet service providers (ISPs) was identified in the state of Maharashtra, India. The cyber-crime branch police on Sunday registered a FIR in relation with the Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack. The state police claimed that this is the first FIR to be filed regarding suck attack in the nation, and the effects of the attack are still continuing.

“Some unknown people are involved in crashing the ports of Internet Service Providers by making lakhs of requests at a particular terminal at a particular time, which we call Distributed Denial Of Service,” said Brijesh Singh, Inspector General of Cyber-crime Police. “We have registered a FIR and started tracking down the operators who are trying to crash the servers or ports of ISPs,” added Brijesh Singh.

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According to the investigators, the attack which brought down the speed of the internet services infected millions of IP addresses with a virus known as Trojan. According to the officers, the attack is unprecedented as it is being carried out at a speed of 200 gigabytes per second.

A senior police officer in a statement said that the regular DDOS attacks last for hours and have a specific number of targets but this attack, in particular, has continued for three to four days and focused many ISPs who do not have the infrastructure to defend such attacks. “We have been mitigating the attack, blocking all the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses involved as soon as we identify them. The attack, however, still continues. The resources behind the attack have to be considerable. We are trying to trace the location from which the attack is being orchestrated,” said officer.

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The Cybercrime police said many IP addresses around the world are infected with virus Trojans via spam emails or advertisements on web pages, which are not recognised by users. In this case, a Cyber-crime lawyer N S Nappinai said, “Infected IP addresses are routinely sold on the dark net by entities that infect them in the first place. All a hacker has to do is buy enough infected IP addresses and use them for a DDOS attack.”

Very strangely, this DDOS attack of the state was happened after a similar attack took place in the USA, in which the servers were attacked between 17th to 20th July in the Library of Congress

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