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Germany’s Deutsche Telekom Customers Massively Affected due to Hack


According to German federal police, a British national, aged 29, was arrested as per a Germany issued arrest warrant under the European protocol over doubts that he executed one cyber assault against Deutsche Telekom.


During November last, a hack into systems caused an Internet disruption impacting over one million customers using the service of Deutsche Telekom. As a result, the federal office in-charge of IS (information security) in Germany was prompted to disclose that the disruption occurred within a global assault against Internet routers based on exploitation of unprotected maintenance ports. Techeye.net posted this online dated February 23, 2017.


The BKA of Germany described the November assault especially severe while its launch was in efforts for amassing home routers into one network of compromised devices called "botnet." If successfully compromised, the routers were going to get utilized for mounting DDoS (distributed denial of service) assaults in which servers and websites would be knocked off the Internet via dispatching excessive data to them that is usually beyond their ability to handle.


The BKA statement indicated the involvement of federal police as the assault happened to threaten the state communication infrastructure of Germany. It is believed that the assault employed Mirai one malicious program which creeps across the Internet hunting for systems which can be easily attacked due to their vulnerability in the owners continuing with their default configurations rather than changing them.


Prosecutors from Cologne who're dealing with the case said the assault was particularly serious involving computer sabotage even as it was a nationwide hack which posed a threat to vital communication infrastructures. The person responsible for the sabotage could face a maximum of ten years of jail in Germany provided court finds him guilty.


The suspect, prior to his arrest on February 22 at an airport in London, had allegedly thought out a way for hacking routers and then incorporating them into one botnet built to launch more cyber crimes. Within its statement the BKA defined a botnet as several Internet-connected machines utilized for carrying out different harmful activities like stealing data or dispatching spam i.e. bulk junk e-mails.

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