DDoS Attack: what does it tell us?

Published: 21 October 2016

“Some major internet companies suffered service disruptions for several hours on Friday morning as internet infrastructure provider Dyn said it was hit by a cyber attack that disrupted traffic mainly on the U.S. East Coast.” (CBC)

Molly Sauter, Communication Studies, McGill University

“This is a massive DDoS action targeting what is essentially the phone book of the internet. Sources indicate that the botnet at the core of this action takes advantage of poorly secured ‘internet of things’ devices, which should prompt deep concern at the wide deployment of these unsecured, internet enabled devices.”—Molly Sauter

She’s the author of The Coming Swarm: DDoS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civic Disobedience on the Internet. She’s currently a PhD student in the Department of Art History & Communication Studies at McGill. Her research focuses on the sociopolitical analysis of Internet law and regulation and the political philosophy of technology.

For interviews: molly [dot] sauter [at] mail [dot] mcgill [dot] ca  (English)

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