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DOJ announces guilty plea to 2016 cyberattack that shattered the internet

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More than four years after the Your cyberattack in 2016, we have a better idea of ​​who was behind one of the most disruptive DDoS attacks in Internet history. This week the Announcement from the Ministry of Justice a guilty plea by an individual who took part in the attack. Due to the fact that they were under 18 when they committed the crime, the agency did not share their identity. But it did reveal that between 2015 and November 2016, this person conspired with others to create botnets. Using the infamous Mirai malware, they have infected countless computers and IoT devices with the aim of carrying out distributed denial of service attacks.

Their criminal activities peaked on October 21, 2016, when they used their botnet to launch a DDoS attack against Sony’s PlayStation Network. In the process, they ended up assigning Dyn, one of the largest Domain Name Service (DNS) providers in the United States. When Dyn went down, most of the internet was also cut. And in the United States and parts of Europe, major websites like Amazon, GitHub, PayPal, Reddit, and Twitter were not accessible for much of the day. The financial fallout from the attack was significant, with Sony estimating that it lost around $ 2.7 million in revenue on the day of the attack.

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