How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet [telecom]

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How a Dorm Room Minecraft Scam Brought Down the Internet

THE MOST DRAMATIC cybersecurity story of 2016 came to a quiet
conclusion Friday in an Anchorage courtroom, as three young American
computer savants pleaded guilty to masterminding an unprecedented
botnet - powered by unsecured internet-of-things devices like security
cameras and wireless routers - that unleashed sweeping attacks on key
internet services around the globe last fall. What drove them wasn't
anarchist politics or shadowy ties to a nation-state. It was
Minecraft.

It was a hard story to miss last year: In France last September, the
telecom provider OVH was hit by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS)
attack a hundred times larger than most of its kind. Then, on a Friday
afternoon in October 2016, the internet slowed or stopped for nearly
the entire eastern United States, as the tech company Dyn, a key part
of the internet's backbone, came under a crippling assault.

https://www.wired.com/story/mirai-botnet-minecraft-scam-brought-down-the-internet/

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