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Real Reason Behind The Hackings That Took Place Yesterday

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Real Reason Behind The Hackings That Took Place Yesterday

After binge-watching four episodes of the new series of Black Mirror last night, my brain has been completely warped.

While reading up on this subject, I genuinely thought it was a story to advertise the new series. But it's not. It's actually happening.

Hackers brought down Twitter, Spotify and Paypal as well as others yesterday in an offensive that is believed to have used devices such as webcams and baby monitors, reports The Independent. The fact they were using everyday devices rather than professional equipment makes it all the more worrying.

Hundreds of thousands of devices were infected with a 'malicious code' that allowed them to cause outages. It began in the US and then spread to Europe.

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Dyn, a company that is part of a group which hosts the crucial web directory, Domain Name System (DNS), also suffered an attack.

Dyn's chief strategy officer, Kyle York, told Reuters: "The complexity of the attacks is what's making it very challenging for us."

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The FBI and US Homeland Security are currently investigating the hack.

A spokeswoman told The Independent that the FBI, "were looking into the incident and all potential causes, including criminal activity and a nation-state attack."

Featured image credit: Google

Topics: Hacking

Mel Ramsay
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