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Mirai IoT botnet blamed for 'smashing Liberia off the internet'

It almost feels like the setup for a Twilight Zone episode, or Village of the Damned. Liberia is cut off from the rest of the world - and when they restore the connection, the people are somehow different. They no longer need computers to surf the internet, or eyes to see.

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You have to wonder what the point is here. A totally screwed country, like it's parent the US, but why?

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Maybe these are live-fire tests. The miscreants are just testing their capabilities and control. Who knows what the real target will be.

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Test? 3 attacks this close together at this scale is full on cyber war.

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They probably thought they were attacking "Libertarians". I expect the next attack to target anyone with the name "Richard Head".

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3 downvotes?

An American general coined an aphorism "once is happenstance, twice coincidence, but three times is enemy action"...

(thanks to Jemma for this reminder)

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DDOS or stupid ISP

So actually, we really don't know if it was a DDOS or their ISP. The ISP could have claimed that they were offline due to a DDOS attack, when in reality a cable could have been unplugged.

"While it is likely a local operator might have experienced a brief outage, we have no knowledge of a national Internet outage and there are no data to substantial [sic] that."

As far as targets go, Liberia isn't one I would expect.

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Krebs says not:

https://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/11/did-the-mirai-botnet-really-take-liberia-offline/

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Is there a country whose Internet abbreviation is .kg ?

They surely would be the obvious suspects to chase first .....

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