It’s been a weird week for net security as well. It started with Bruce Schneier reporting that what he presumes to be state actors trying to establish
what it might take to take down the internet.
The attacks are also configured in such a way as to see what the company’s total defenses are. There are many different ways to launch a DDoS attacks. The more attack vectors you employ simultaneously, the more different defenses the defender has to counter with. These companies are seeing more attacks using three or four different vectors. This means that the companies have to use everything they’ve got to defend themselves. They can’t hold anything back. They’re forced to demonstrate their defense capabilities for the attacker.
A couple days later Brian Krebs, a well-known security researcher himself, is hit with a DDoS attack of yet-unheard-of magnitude
. The likely factor making that possible: poorly secured IoT devices.