Cyber-Attack Harnesses “Internet of Things” to Shut Down Websites

HeadlineOct 24, 2016

Major websites across the internet were unavailable to millions of users on Friday, as a massive cyber-attack shut down such popular destinations as PayPal, Netflix, Twitter, Reddit and Spotify. The attack employed thousands of web cameras, DVRs and other internet-enabled household devices, which were infected by malware. Internet security experts have long warned that devices on the so-called “Internet of Things” are poorly protected and pose a major security risk.

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