Or­a­cle buys cy­ber­at­tack tar­get Dyn

The Myanmar Times - - International Business -

OR­A­CLE is buy­ing Dyn, a Web traf­fic man­age­ment firm re­cently hit with a cy­ber at­tack that closed off the in­ter­net to mil­lions of users.

Busi­ness soft­ware and hard­ware ti­tan Or­a­cle did not dis­close fi­nan­cial terms of the deal to ac­quire US-based Dy­namic Net­work Ser­vices Inc, or Dyn.

Or­a­cle planned to en­hance its own of­fer­ings with Dyn’s ex­per­tise in mon­i­tor­ing, con­trol­ling, and op­ti­mis­ing cloud-based in­ter­net ap­pli­ca­tions and manag­ing traf­fic on the in­ter­net.

“Dyn’s im­mensely scal­able and global DNS is a crit­i­cal core com­po­nent and a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion to our cloud com­put­ing plat­form,” Or­a­cle prod­uct de­vel­op­ment pres­i­dent Thomas Kurian said.

Dyn was the tar­get of cy­ber at­tacks that pounded the un­der­pin­nings of the in­ter­net in Oc­to­ber, crip­pling Twit­ter, Net­flix and other ma­jor web­sites with the help of once-dumb de­vices made smart with on­line con­nec­tions.

The on­slaught in­ca­pac­i­tated a cru­cial piece of in­ter­net in­fra­struc­ture, tak­ing aim at a ser­vice en­trusted to guide on­line traf­fic to the right places by turn­ing web­site names peo­ple know into ad­dresses com­put­ers un­der­stand.

The hacker was prob­a­bly a dis­grun­tled gamer, an ex­pert whose com­pany closely mon­i­tored the at­tack said last week.

Dale Drew, chief se­cu­rity of­fi­cer for Level 3 Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, which mapped out how the Oc­to­ber 21 at­tack took place, told a Con­gres­sional panel that the per­son had rented time on a bot­net – a net­work of web-con­nected ma­chines that can be ma­nip­u­lated with mal­ware – to level the at­tack on Dyn.

Us­ing a pow­er­ful ma­li­cious pro­gram known as Mi­rai, the at­tacker har­nessed some 150,000 “In­ter­net of Things” (IoT) de­vices such as cam­eras, light bulbs and ap­pli­ances to over­whelm Dyn sys­tems, according to Drew.

Dyn has more than 3500 cus­tomers in­clud­ing Net­flix, Twit­ter, and CNBC, mak­ing tens of bil­lions of on­line traf­fic op­ti­mis­ing de­ci­sions daily, according to Or­a­cle.

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