‘Non-na­tion ac­tor’ likely be­hind cy­ber at­tack

The Myanmar Times - - World -

US Di­rec­tor of Na­tional In­tel­li­gence James Clapper said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mas­sive at­tack that pounded the un­der­pin­nings of the in­ter­net last week was still un­der way.

“There’s a lot of data to be gath­ered here,” Mr Clapper said.

Asked if the in­ter­net at­tack was done by a non-state ac­tor, Mr Clapper said, “That ap­pears to be pre­lim­i­nar­ily the case.”

Mr Clapper pointed to de­grees of cy­ber­se­cu­rity threats.

“We’ve had this dis­par­ity or con­trast be­tween the ca­pa­bil­ity of the most so­phis­ti­cated cy­ber ac­tors, na­tion-state cy­ber ac­tors, which are clearly Rus­sia and China, but have to this point per­haps more be­nign in­tent,” he said.

“And then you have other coun­tries who have a more ne­far­i­ous in­tent. And then even more ne­far­i­ous are non-na­tion ac­tors.”

Sev­eral waves of at­tacks de­prived mil­lions of peo­ple of ac­cess to ma­jor web­sites such as Ama­zon, eBay, Twit­ter and Spo­tify, and alarmed au­thor­i­ties.

The vic­tims in­cluded Red­dit, Net­flix and the sites of sev­eral me­dia, among them CNN, The New York Times and The Guardian.

The at­tack on do­main name ser­vices com­pany Dy­namic Net­work Ser­vices Inc in turn took down the sites. –

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