Remember the DDOS cyber-attack that targeted servers of the east coast recently? Now the Russians are apparently receiving the same as reported by Yahoo.
“DDoS attacks involve flooding websites with more traffic than they can handle, making them difficult to access or taking them offline entirely. These attacks saw as many as 660,000 requests being sent per second using a network of more than 24,000 hijacked devices located in 30 countries. More than half the devices were in the United States, India, Taiwan and Israel, Kaspersky said.”
The article explains that five of Russia’s largest banks were targeted but were not significantly compromised and continued to operate as usual. So not really big news right? That depends on how you look at it.
We covered in a former post the admission of U.S. officials that a retaliatory cyber-attack against the Russians was being drawn up in response to the DNC hack, a response that we find is wholly unjustified in light of the content the DNC hack exposed. Not only did major media outlets carry the story of the incipient CIA mediated cyber-attack, but Vice President Joe Biden himself, when asked about the possibility of responding to Putin (because there is oh so much evidence that Russia was responsible for the attack) stated in the following interview:
“We’re sending a message. We have the capacity to do it…and it will be at the time of our choosing and under the circumstances that have the greatest impact…”
Granted, the elections are over, and Putin has even come out to say that he intends to restore Russian-U.S. relations in synergy with President Donald Trump. But what of the CIA? Should we be weary of the capabilities of this agency as the presidential transition process is yet to be complete? Is it possible that the CIA will still launch a cyber-attack against Russia despite Trump’s occupation of the presidential office? Is it possible that this most recent cyber-attack on Russian banks was the handiwork of the CIA (doubtful but it is possible)?
We will just have to wait and see.