Researchers: Amateur hackers probably caused Internet meltdown

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October 27, 2016
Los Angeles Times    
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"Some have worried that the massive cyberattack that disrupted the Internet on Friday was the work of Russian government-backed hackers, politically motivated hacktivists or sophisticated cybercriminals. But researchers at cyber-intelligence firm Flashpoint say the Internet meltdown may have been carried out by amateurs who haunt a popular hacking forum. ... Other experts agree with Flashpoint's assessment. 'I think they are right. I don't believe the Friday attackers were financially or politically motivated,' said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at cybersecurity firm F-Secure. 'It was such an untargeted attack, it's hard to find a good motive for it. So, kids.'" (10/27/16)

http://www.latimes.com/business/autos/la-fi-tn-cyberattack-hackers-20161026-story.html  

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