Last Friday, multiple massive distributed denial ofservice (DDoS) attacks hit Dyn, an internet performance management company headquartered in New Hampshire. Dyn is a managed DNS provider to many of the large companies on the internet such as Twitter, Reddit, GitHub, Paypal, Spotify, Heroku, SoundCloud, Crunchbase, Netflix, Amazon, and others.
News surfaced over the following weekend that the Mirai IoT (internet of things) botnet was at least partially responsible for the attack, and according to Dyn, was generating traffic from “10s of millions of discrete IP addresses.”
Instead of rehashing details of how this could have occurred, we want to discuss botnet attacks as part of the new reality in our connected world, and as such, how device manufacturers and device users need to respond. We also want to take a look at the role that governments can or cannot play.