A shocking cyberattack that happened over the weekend blocked some of the world’s most popular websites. Millions of web users in the United States and Europe were left unable to view popular websites including Twitter, PayPal, Amazon, Netflix and even The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, after hackers took over hundreds of thousands of common internet-enabled devices such as webcams and used them to bombard the sites with spam data.
Companies in the UAE have been warned on similar grounds that could be used to target regional businesses and governments.
As per an FBI official, The attacks differed from other recent cyber attacks because they centred around New Hampshire-based Internet infrastructure company Dyn, which acts as a switchboard for online traffic – an area of the internet not typically targeted by cyber criminals. He warned that terror organizations such as ISIL had the capacity to use cyber technology to take over drones being used against them and convert them into improvised explosive devices.