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How the internet of things took down the internet

from MIT Technology Review

When the internet apocalypse comes, your smart thermostat may be to blame. That's the lesson from last week's epic internet outage, in which attackers used internet-connected devices inside people's homes to bring a large chunk of the Web to its knees. The outage, which mainly affected the East Coast of the U.S., struck on Friday morning but was felt into the weekend. It was caused by a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, leveled at the servers of the domain name system host Dyn, which overwhelmed servers with data requests and made it impossible for users to fetch the files of Web pages. more


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