Here’s Everything We Know So Far About Those Crippling Internet Attacks
Yesterday’s massive cyber attack, which took down internet giants such as Twitter, Netflix, Spotify and the like, has left people (us included!) frantically searching for answers after hackers deployed a DDoS (distributed denial of service) on internet services firm Dyn in the early hours of Friday morning. Wreaking havoc on our most beloved go-to sites, the attack was a beast unlike any we’ve seen. Almost as soon as engineers managed to stop it, a second attack took place, crippling our internet powers once more. Access to Dyn’s long list of clients was (finally, FINALLY!) restored, but many questions still remain: namely, what the hell just happened, and, perhaps more importantly, whodunnit? Here’s what we know so far.
According to Fortune, the attack was carried out by hijacking something called the Internet of Things (which is, essentially, a network of interconnected devices that are able to exchange data with one another, such as cameras and DVRs) to carry out the DDoS. Hackers used the Internet of Things to flood the Dyn system with “fake” signals, thereby rendering it unable to process its normal signals and be effective.
Echoing this fact, FlashPoint confirmed that hackers used Mirai malware (a virtual virus robot) to target the Internet of Things, which allowed them to “enslave vast numbers of these devices into a botnet, which [was] then used to conduct DDoS attacks.” Uh, yikes?
It’s interesting (and frightening) to note that the Mirai malbot software used was actually made public earlier this month. That makes hunting down the perpetrators all the more difficult, because, well, the entire world had access to it. We have since discovered that “most of the components involved were made by one company, China’s XiongMai Technologies.” Could that serve as a clue? That remains to be seen.
The reason for the attack is also a big question mark, but several theories have since surfaced. Some believe the hackers had blackmail plans and simply wanted money. Others have said the attacks were a form of protest orchestrated by supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (who is now in exile in Ecuador) because his access to the Web was recently cut off.
Mr. Assange is still alive and WikiLeaks is still publishing. We ask supporters to stop taking down the US internet. You proved your point. pic.twitter.com/XVch196xyL
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 21, 2016
Meanwhile, others still are pointing the finger closer to home. IBTimes UK spoke with Adam Horsewood, Senior Security Consultant at MWR Infosecurity, who said: “The attack on Dyn could well be a form of advertising. Dyn provide a DDoS defense service, protecting clients from the very same sort of attacks that they are now suffering.”
While any of these theories could prove feasible and are certainly food for thought, we have no idea which one is actually correct. It IS safe to say that it might be time to be a litttttttllle bit more careful regarding our internet activity, and to make backup plans for necessary services where we can. Internet vacation, anyone?
What’s your take on the recent cyber attacks? Tweet us @BritandCo.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)