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Quick Take: Poor Planning, Not An IoT Botnet, Disrupted The Internet

Dyn Outage Underscores The Need To Plan For Failure

October 24, 2016


Why Read This Brief

On October 21, internet users went through a real exercise in one way the internet could die. Critical infrastructure exists on the internet as well as in the real world, and this attack crippled one component of that by targeting the domain name system (DNS). Service provider Dyn came under a massive DDoS attack that left the world unable to connect to popular websites such as Twitter, Reddit, and Spotify, despite the fact that those sites were, in fact, functional. It's a shocking demonstration of the fragility of — and our dependence on — a completely connected world.

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