By Declan Dunn, TechViews.org …..
Supporters of WikiLeaks claim responsibility for the massive cyberattack Friday which took down numerous major websites, including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Twitter, Amazon, Netflix and PayPal, Reddit, Etsy, Tumblr, Business Insider, Github, Spotify, Comcast, and some 6 percent of America’s Fortune 500 companies.
The hacktivist groups Anonymous and New World Hackers confirmed they orchestrated the attack. They claimed retaliation for the President Obama’s pressure on the Ecuadorian government to take away internet access from WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange following his site’s ongoing release of emails hacked from the Hillary Clinton campaign.
It is widely viewed that the emails and documents released by Wikileaks were damaging to the Clinton campaign and President Obama.
Dyn, a Manchester, New Hampshire-based domain registry, said at least three waves of distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS), hit its data centers and were overwhelmed with junk data traffic.
Technicians at Dyn first became aware of the attacks around 7:00am local time. Services on the U.S. East Coast were restored shortly thereafter before a second wave of attacks came around 10:20am The second attack broadened its net, affecting the U.S. West Coast and Europe as the more amorphous Anonymous collective piled on in the third wave on Friday afternoon.