Hackers working on taking down the Internet!
A group of anonymous (not necessarily belonging to the group going by the namesake) hackers are busy working on a new challenge. Taking down the Internet. Now imagine, voters queuing up to vote for the US presidential elections and the Internet goes kaput at some voting booths. A scenario that could ruin a particular candidate’s chances of winning.
According to security guru Bruce Schneier, these kind of sophisticated attacks have been targeted on firms that deal with the functioning of the Internet for some time now.
He believes these hackers are testing for vulnerabilities in the defense of the targeted systems and could be well from countries that have generally targeted the US. Finger of suspicions raise towards China or Russia.
Generally hackers use what is called as distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to shut down an online service or parts of the Internet but these hackers are trying to do something much bigger, and that is; shutdown the entire Internet. And the attacks seem to be more towards directing and understanding how the defenses react as they are not using the techniques previous employed for DDoS but something different by ramping up the size of the delivery over a period of time.
Also directing these kind of attacks to the net’s addressing system is what is worrying security researchers specially the same is going to be out of the US governments domain to a more independent international authority.
However according to Arbor Networks, these kind of attacks could be undertaken not necessarily by hackers supported by nation states but also by criminals who exploit weakness in a sites defense for commercial gains. Yet, considering the trend of DDoS attacks happening in the past couple of years, is certainly a worrying sign of what is going to come next.