Mass cyber attacks hit Twitter, Netflix and Spofity

Kyle York, Dyn's chief strategy officer informed media wing that " this hack was the complex one and it is making difficulty to find out the culprit because the attcaks were coming from the millions of internet addresses which is making quite hard for us to track the particular individual".

The first cyberattack occurred around 7 am Eastern (US time), and primarily affected users on the East Coast, according to Dyn. But the company has not confirmed the cyber attack. These kinds of attacks are increasing at an alarming rate, but what made yesterday's attack particularity troubling was that it took over basic household items to cause more damage. The third wave of attacks was resolved around 6 p.m. according to Dyn.

Officials aren't sure where the cyber attack originated, but it's clear who was targeted.

Amazon's web services division, one of the world's biggest cloud computing companies, reported that the issue temporarily affected users in Western Europe.

Although Dyn managed to fend off the disruption and restore access to its service, Mirai-powered botnets could easily strike again.

Dyn is a Manchester-based provider of services for managing domain name servers (DNS), which act as switchboards connecting internet traffic.

"It doesn't look like a kid in a basement with a laptop", said CBS News' homeland security correspondent Frances Townsend. "We're aware and are investigating all potential causes", DHS deputy press secretary Gillian Christensen said in an emailed statement. The attack was performed using a method called DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service), which aims to flood the sites' bandwidth with too much traffic.

This attack, then, is the realization of worst-case-scenario warnings from security experts about the risk posed by the Internet of Things.

Dyn reported the attacks were coming not only from computers but from DVRs, printers and other appliances connected to the internet.

The motive behind the attack is still being investigated.

He said that growing interconnection of ordinary devices to the internet, the so-called "internet of things", increased the risks to networks. He said he had no information about who may be behind the disruption. "We're entering a period where this is very real, calculable, and painful impact to having insecure products".

A map of Friday's massive DDOS attack and the internet outages involved.



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