Mr. Robot is a very popular USA Networks TV series that follows Elliot, a young programmer working as a cyber-security engineer by day, and a vigilante hacker by night. In the series Elliot is recruited by “Mr. Robot”, played by Christian Slater, to join a group of hacktivists. The group aims to erase all debts by attacking the large corporation, E (evil) Corp.
This week we were all witness to an enormous attack on the US based internet by hackers. Dyn, the victim of last week’s denial of service attack, said it was orchestrated using a weapon called the Mirai botnet as the “primary source of malicious attack” and was likely the largest of its kind in history, experts said. The attack affected huge web services such as Twitter, Netflix, Reddit and CNN.
Recently there was an attempted DDOS attack on one of our customers. We were able to catch it and thwarted the effort. So we did a bit of research on the source and, though not surprised, we thought it best to write a note for those that are interested. And we should all be interested because much like the fictional Mr. Robot, this type of activity goes on, is rampant and, one day will most likely affect your bank. Here is an article by OpenDNS that addresses the very hackers that attempted the DDOS attack on our customer that we mentioned earlier. The article talks about Bitcoin and the attempts by these hackers to access information. Many people still associate Bitcoin with the online drug trade (Silk Road) but more and more vendors are accepting Bitcoin and more average people are using it.
Some will say, that’s Bitcoin, not banks.
Security is security and if Twitter, Netflix, the DNC, Yahoo, Ebay and many others can be compromised then is a total system shutdown not far away?
The current and next administration MUST take steps to internationally unify laws which will address these breaches by searching, finding and arresting those that are responsible and holding these people accountable with incarceration and stiff fines. What else will deter them?