Internet Attack Sheds Light On Vulnerabilities In ‘Internet Of Things’
WBUR - 10/24/2016
If you had trouble getting to Twitter, Netflix or The New York Times last Friday, you weren’t alone.
Hackers blocked access to those websites and others last week by overloading a New Hampshire company, Dyn, that directs internet traffic. The traffic came from hacked devices from peoples’ homes, otherwise known as the Internet of Things.
The attack shed light on the formerly little-known company that is responsible for converting domain names like “Twitter dot com” into the numerical addresses where the sites live. Without that critical translation step, users can’t connect to the sites they want.