US security chiefs stumped over source of global DDoS attack – Obama

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US President Barack Obama has admitted security chiefs have not yet identified those behind a sophisticated cyber-attack which crippled some of the world’s biggest websites last Friday.

Two major distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) on internet traffic management company Dyn brought down more than 80 popular sites, such as PayPal, Reddit, Amazon, Twitter and Spotify.

The data overload, thought to be powered by small items capable of connectivity – ‘Internet of Things’ devices – disabled sites for three hours and involved “10s of millions of IP addresses.”

Dyn said in a statement that while they regularly experience DDoS blitzes, this large-scale attack was different and “more global in nature”.

 

An update from Dyn reveals the attack began with a malware-infected botnet, which allowed millions of “discrete IP addresses” to be commandeered.

Speaking on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Monday, Obama said that despite the FBI investigating the situation, the US “don’t have any idea who did that.”

He added that cyber security would be a big issue for his White House successors.

“One of the biggest challenges for the next president and the president after that and the president after that is going to be how do we continue to get all the benefits of being in cyberspace but protect our finances, protect our privacy.”

“What is true is that we are all connected. We’re all wired now,” he said.

Obama’s admission over the attack source comes as his administration continues to propagate a ‘Red Scare’ by insisting Russian state-backed hackers have been trying to infer with the US election.

On October 7, the Department of Homeland Security said it was “confident” the Russian government had directed cyber-attacks, but offered no evidence to that effect.

“The recent disclosures of alleged hacked e-mails on sites like DCLeaks.com and WikiLeaks and by the Guccifer 2.0 online persona are consistent with the methods and motivations of Russian-directed efforts,” a US government statement said.

“We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia’s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.”

Via RT. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license.

  • doodaa

    The attack was to hinder the conversations about Crooked Hillary and vote fraud.

    • lava

      Who benefits? Shows they can hack the voting booths at will.
      Or next to go down w/ be the BANKS?

      • doodaa

        If Trump wins, they will leave a scorched Earth above their bunkers. The monetary collapse will happen any way. No matter who “wins”.

  • nicu78

    What??!!!!??? They know 100% is Russia when it comes to Wikileak, Trump, etc. We have a major DDOS attack and they have no clue? Talk about idiots!

  • babu

    This just confirms that it was indeed our own US government running some internet shut down tests. Are you kidding me they “don’t know who it is”? right….

  • almitee1

    Washington knows but won’t tell so start pointing toward Israel, land of deception, where many of these attacks originate.

  • gmatch

    There was no hack attack – it was America’s lousy infrastructure at work.Gosh – in our area each time after a small rain the electricity is gone and our phone service sucks too. There is no hacking.

    • doodaa

      Right.

  • Rick Morrow

    They shipped Internet administration offshore to China. Thanks Obama.

  • Zaphod Braden

    HA HA …..

  • chris

    and yet they immediately identify russia for everything else. lol