There are several theories and claims as to who might be behind the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks launched last week against DNS provider Dyn, but researchers believe the attacks were actually launched by script kiddies.
The DDoS attacks launched on Friday against Dyn’s managed DNS infrastructure caused disruptions for several major websites, including PayPal, Twitter, Reddit, GitHub, Amazon, Netflix and Spotify.
Experts have confirmed that the attack involved Mirai botnets, which have ensnared hundreds of thousands of Internet of Things (IoT) devices after the Mirai malware source code was leaked by its original author.
The hacker known as “The Jester,” who recently claimed to have defaced a website belonging to Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the Russian government was behind the attack on Dyn. WikiLeaks suggested that its supporters were responsible, and a group of hacktivists known as “New World Hackers” have also taken credit for the disruption.