Internet Attack Prompts Warning to Utilities

On Friday, Oct. 21,  a Distributed Denial of service (DDos) attack against the Dyn Managed Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure occurred, which shut down some popular web-based media systems.  Such attacks are escalating, according to numerous sources, and this was the highest throughput DDoS attack seen to date.  Due to the highly interconnected state of the Internet of Things (IoT), and the insecurity built into systems as mundane as consumer products and toys, experts warn there is a risk that this type of attack can now be leveraged against critical industrial control systems, such as those used in the electric power industry.

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