Saturday, October 22, 2016

Is Friday's Massive Cyber Attack A 'Practice Run For Election Day'



Daily Mail: Massive cyber hack that floored Amazon, Twitter, HBO and Reddit could be 'practice for election day': Wikileaks supporters among those claiming responsibility for massive security breach - and many fear it is just a warm-up

* Cyber attacks forced websites including Amazon and Twitter offline
* Github, SoundCloud and PayPal websites were also reported to be down
* Outage appeared to be primarily affecting web users on the US East Coast
* Department of Homeland Security is 'investigating all potential causes'
* Some claim it could be a precursor to an attempt to disrupt the US Presidential election further
* WikiLeaks believes its supporters were responsible for the attacks
* Group called New World Hackers also claimed responsibility via Twitter

A massive co-ordinated series of cyber attacks forced hundreds of major websites including Amazon and Twitter offline Friday - and some fear the security breach could be 'practice for election day'.

WikiLeaks believes its supporters were responsible and urged them to 'stop taking down the US internet', saying: 'Mr Assange is still alive and WikiLeaks is still publishing.'

It then tweeted: 'The Obama administration should not have attempted to misuse its instruments of state to stop criticism of its ruling party candidate.'

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WNU Editor: Thew daily Mail is actually raising a good question .... is "this a test for what may happen on election day in the U.S."?

8 comments:

jimbrown said...

Obama administration finger pointing to Russia is distraction for hrc campaign.

jimbrown said...

Obama administration finger pointing to Russia is distraction for hrc campaign.

Roger said...


I am always surprised that these sites are vulnerable to such behavior.
The economic implications are very disturbing. What now is the alternative to the economy should someone continuously upset these economic powerhouses now that shopping online is such a large part of business?

fred lapides said...

If a dozen intel agencies state that Russia at base of leaking Assange materials etc then that is hardly a distraction...cyber war is, in fact, a form of war

Aizino Smith said...

People who are more concerned with illegalities of uncovering a crime are always suspect.

Either prosecute both crimes, the original crime, or STFU.

Just a carpenter. said...

Bravo..

Just a carpenter. said...

Bravo..

Jay Farquharson said...

To quote emptywheel,

>>That day Chinese and Russian hackers made America's smart refrigerators rise up against their owners. [Yes, I know it wasn't fridges]<<

The Ddos attacks used The Internet of Things to do the attacks.

LMAO, The Rise of the Machines.