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"In a relatively short time we've taken a system built to resist destruction by nuclear weapons and made it vulnerable to toasters," tweeted Jeff Jarmoc, head of security for global business service Salesforce. Jamroc’s comments came after one of the largest cyber attacks in history brought down several of the internet’s biggest sites just over a week ago. The hackers used internet of things (IoT) enabled devices such as video surveillance cameras and printers, to overwhelm the popular DNS service Dyn, used by all the affected sites. A DNS service is a fundamental element of the web’s infrastructure, it works like a phone book for the internet, directing users to an internet address where a website is stored. Dyn is one of the most popular DNS services in the world with clients including Twitter, Spotify, and Reddit, whose sights were all taken offline as a result of the DDoS attack, as confirmed by Dyn: “On […]

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