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Malware which took Part of the Internet Offline Presents Constant Threat

On 21st October, key websites including Amazon, Netflix, Reddit, and Twitter, sputtered out because of a cyberattack having record-shattering power that brought down Dyn, which is a company of internet infrastructure, providing services of domain name, along with other services, to keep running the websites.

Actually this attack should be anticipated, and it is expected that there can be similar attacks in future to follow. The attack showed the strong causes for concern regarding coming age of an Internet of Things, where more domestic devices are connected to web. It is instantly not clear that what exactly should have been done for ensuring the Internet's most possible future iteration can remain safe.

Till date, the vast majority of disturbing and even damaging cyberattacks have been the
work of foreign intelligence services, militaries or other hackers who are sponsored by states. Chicagotribune.com posted on November 3rd, 2016, stating that these hackers are normally operating under some degree of political direction and interests and try to moderate their use of malicious code for damaging or disturbing purposes.

Johnson said that the National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center is helping with efforts, and the Department of Homeland Security "has also been working to develop a set of strategic principles for securing the Internet of Things, which we plan to release in the coming weeks."

However, in reality it is unfortunate that instead of the efforts to plug in security holes in IoT devices; Mirai is likely to present ongoing threat even in several upcoming years.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is observed by the United States in October. How suitable that largest single Internet attack came rolling through it like a line of storms. It clearly demonstrated basic facts regarding our current cybersecurity condition: Everything can be hacked, and cybersecurity is the collective responsibility in this digital era of the non-state threats.

Trying securing the IoT devices can only have affect on the production of new devices on the factory floors -- and is expected to have minute impact on devices utilized by Mirai, which are already present in stores as well as homes all over the United States. Mirai is only expected to lose its steam when the innocent owners of infected devices throw them out, or replaced them with the newer ones.

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