Brian Krebs writes one of the best security blogs out there. He frequently names the bad guys behind attacks and data theft. Recently he published a series of articles on a company that does DDOS (Distributed Denial Of Service) attacks for profit. Two weeks after the first article appeared he reported a massive and sustained DDOS attack on his site. At its peak it reached over 620 gigabits per second, by far the largest such attack ever seen.
The attackers were able to mount such a large attack by harnessing the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Many of these have buggy software and few are ever patched by their manufacturers. Given their great numbers and easy compromise it’s possible to create an online army bigger than anyone could before. And it’s likely that army will be used to silence voices on the Internet more and more in the future. We jabber on and on about free speech on the net but unless we take steps to defend it we won’t have it much longer.