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Is Russia Behind the Massive DDoS Cyber Attack?

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A massive DDoS cyber attack that disabled many prominent online sites has people wondering: Who did it?

No one has claimed responsibility yet, says CNN. That hasn’t stopped the conspiracy theories from flying that Russia could be behind the attack or even that the United States perpetrated it in a “false flag” attack to blame Russia. However, there are other theories. One site says that the hack might have been perpetrated by PoodleCorp, a shadowy group of hackers that previously claimed responsibility for crashing Pokemon Go. PoodleCorp had tweeted a cryptic message about October 21 in September:

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Later in the day, though, Cybersecurity firm Flashpoint traced Friday’s widespread internet outage to the Internet of Things, according to cybersecurity expert Brian Krebs. Read more about that here.

WikiLeaks implied the hack was by its supporters.

Poodlecorp has gotten political at times, retweeting this in July:

Others said Poodlecorp and a hacking group called Lizard Squad might have banded together.

Amazon, Twitter, Netflix, and Spotify were just some of the prominent Internet sites shut down due to the DDoS attack, said CNBC. According to CNN, a DDoS attack “is an attempt to flood a website with so much traffic that it impairs normal service.”

The Internet false flag conspiracy theories – for which there is no proof – stem from news stories that the U.S. government was planning to launch a cyber attack against Russia to embarrass the Kremlin. NBC News reported October 14 that U.S. Intelligence officials told the network “The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election.” The goal was to embarrass Putin and the Kremlin, said NBC.

Some Internet conspiracy theorists have extrapolated that information into the theory that the U.S. would stage the attack to pin the blame on Russia. Of course, there is no proof for that, and it’s just one of the wilder theories to emerge in the wake of the cyber attack.

Time Magazine says Homeland Security is involved in the investigation into the October 21 attack that disabled some of the most prominent sites on the Internet. The “U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the agency was ‘investigating all potential causes,'” Time said, adding that there were at least two separate attacks on October 21.

Many prominent sites crashed in the northeast of the United States in particular.

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Various agencies in the United States have pointed the finger at Russia for the series of hacks, WikiLeaks and otherwise, into the emails of the Democratic National Committee and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta. Clinton’s campaign has compared those attacks to a modern-day Watergate and attempted to attach Republican nominee Donald Trump to Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin. Trump has responded that he doesn’t know Putin.

The Internet traffic company Dyn said on October 21 that it was “monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed (Domain Name System) infrastructure,” according to CNBC.

DDos attacks have been attributed to Russian hackers in the past. According to Group IB, a global security company, a Russian man was sentenced to probation after being convicted for Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks previously. The investigation ignited after an attack on a large financial corporation that owns several banks, says Group IB.

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13 comments

  1. This is nothing but another Muslim attack!

    The violence that the Democratic Party has put forth, in the agenda to promote racial distention within the United States.

    The two so-called Democrats claiming! they have first-hand knowledge, of who hacked the DNC.

    That came to Hillary Clinton’s Aid and defense, are surrounded in controversy.

    These two false Witnesses are the brainchild of the Obama Administration to set forth a controversy that Donald Trump is cheating.

    The FBI is corrupt !

    The Department of Justice is corrupt !!

    Hillary Clinton is corrupt !!!

    Branches of the White House are corrupt !!

    This is nothing more, than a move of corruption , by the corrupt !!

    (Gucifer 2) is the hacker of the DNC !

      • Dillon! you are just a Clinton operative, paid by the Clinton campaign! to write your trash !

        now be a good Democrat and go beat somebody up !

        Or maybe just spit in their face or maybe burn and loot !
        We know ! We know you represent black lives matters , you guys want to go shoot cops ,don’t you !!

        So! , (up yours !!! (Dillon))..

      • Hey, Jessica, are you married?

        Is there a place one can bet on who’s doing that?
        Is there a way to prove who did what?

    • If we will think wisely, is this the way how Obama wish to extend his term as a ruler of the US and the world??? It is like a secret “Martial Law”
      through dragging the name of Russia where War is prone to be made as US ruler maneuver it easily for term extension of Obama.
      Thus upcoming US election will never happen because from the very beginning of the campaign very obvious they really find ways to let trump down political ambitions…

    • If we will think wisely, is this the way how Obama wish to extend his term as a ruler of the US and the world??? It is like a secret “Martial Law” through dragging the name of Russia where War is prone to be made as US ruler maneuver it easily for term extension of Obama. Thus upcoming US election will never happen because from the very beginning of the campaign very obvious they really find ways to let trump down political ambitions…

    • NOthing new for the DEMORATTS and DEMOCROOKS, especially barry their LIAR in chief and LYING BENGHAZI CROOKILARY, the ALINSKY followers!! The INcredible thing is there are so many of their IDIOTS who support them!! WOW!!

    • Never make simple guesses and assumptions. The relative harmless nature says its the usual hacker experimenters, bored, impotent, with time on their hands.

      • Dillon, is a racist Democrat he’s trying to put out some words of unequivocal wisdom.

        He is trying to make believe, that the Democrats haven’t promote violence ,against the Republican Party !

    • R u Really as Stupid and Ignorant as your post indicates that you actually Believe the Crap n Swill that is coming from LYIN BENGHAZI CROOKILARY!?