‘Non-nation actor’ likely behind cyber attack
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. –