It was all over the news. A sustained DDoS attack that caused outages for a large number of Web sites Friday was launched with the help of hacked “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices. Jeff Jarmoc tweeted: "In a relatively short time we've taken a system built to resist destruction by nuclear weapons and made it vulnerable to toasters." True words, since there are now specialized worms that infect just IoT devices.
Early Friday morning cyber criminals trained their DDoS attack on Dyn, an Internet infrastructure company that provides critical DNS technology services to major websites. The attack immediately created problems for Internet users of Twitter, Amazon, Tumblr, Reddit, Spotify and Netflix.