Massive Cyberattack Hits America – Will Russia Take Down The Entire Internet If We Go To War?

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cyberattack-globe-public-domainWe just learned a very important lesson about how exceedingly vulnerable our Internet truly is. On Friday, three massive waves of cyberattacks took down some of the biggest websites on the entire Internet. Amazon, Twitter, Netflix, Reddit, Etsy, Business Insider, Github, Spotify, the New York Times and the Boston Globe were among the prominent websites affected. Security experts tells us that with each passing month these kinds of attacks are becoming larger and more sophisticated. And most Americans don’t realize this, but nations such as Russia, China and North Korea have been feverishly developing extremely advanced cyberwarfare capabilities. So could a day come when one of our enemies takes down our Internet completely for an extended period of time?

 

According to CNBC, the primary target of the attacks on Friday was a hosting company known as Dyn, and these attacks came from “tens of millions” of IP addresses simultaneously…

Internet traffic company Dyn on Friday warned of another cyberattack after websites and services across the East Coast were shut down earlier in the day.

Dyn told CNBC Friday afternoon the attacks are “well planned and executed, coming from tens of millions IP addresses at same time.”

“We have begun monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed (Domain Name System) infrastructure. Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue,” Dyn said on its website at 11:52 a.m. ET.

Specifically, the types of attacks that we witnessed on Friday are known as “denial of service” attacks. If you are not familiar with denial of service attacks, the following is a pretty good explanation from Business Insider

It appears to have been caused by a large digital denial of service (DDoS) attack leveled at the servers of the domain name system (DNS) host Dyn. A DDoS attack typically overwhelms a server with data requests in order to prevent normal users from having their own queries answered. The DNS is a large database that, among other things, converts a simple domain name into a more complex IP address from which data can be retrieved. Taking down a DNS server means that a user’s browser can’t use it to resolve which IP address to fetch the files of a web page from.

These attacks were so big that the Department of Homeland Security is looking into them. It is being reported that North Korea has been ruled out as a suspect so far, but nothing has been said about Russia or China.

As I mentioned above, countries such as Russia, China and North Korea have been working very hard to develop extremely advanced cyberwarfare capabilities in recent years. In particular, Russia has been heavily investing in this area since at least 2007

Russia’s intelligence services decided years ago to make cyber warfare a national defense priority, said Dr. David Stupples, director of the Centre for Cyber Security Sciences at City University London. They have become increasingly proficient in cyber operations as a result.

From around 2007, Russia decided that information warfare was key to winning any world conflict, and that it was this area of capability and technology they decided would benefit from vastly increased military investment,” Stupples said. “What made this decision easier was that Russia was also home to the largest numbers of some of the world’s best hackers.”

For almost a decade, the Russians have been preparing to fight a cyberwar with the United States.

And at this point many analysts believe that they are far better equipped to fight a cyberwar then we are.

So it would seem to be incredibly foolish to provoke an enemy into a fight that we could not possibly win. Unfortunately, that is precisely what Barack Obama is doing. According to a stunning report from NBC News, the Obama administration is actually threatening Russia with “an unprecedented cyber covert action”…

The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

Current and former officials with direct knowledge of the situation say the CIA has been asked to deliver options to the White House for a wide-ranging “clandestine” cyber operation designed to harass and “embarrass” the Kremlin leadership.

The sources did not elaborate on the exact measures the CIA was considering, but said the agency had already begun opening cyber doors, selecting targets and making other preparations for an operation.

I can’t even begin to describe how foolish this is.

Yes, without a doubt we could do some damage to the Russians. But the Russians believe that when they get hit by an enemy that they should hit back even harder.

Considering how important the Internet has become to the U.S. economy, do we really want to invite the Russians to attack it?

Talk about an event that could crash our economy almost overnight. This year alone “the Internet economy” will account for more than a trillion dollars. Without the Internet, vast numbers of businesses would not be able to function normally, and an extended outage would cause financial markets all over the planet to start crashing.

And many experts believe that it was the Russians that took down the Ukrainian power grid a while back. So do we really want to invite the Russians to attack our power grid?

Anyone out there that believes that our power grid is “secure” is dead wrong. We are exceedingly vulnerable, and the Russians know this.

Could you imagine the chaos that would happen if our power grid suddenly went down in the middle of the winter? An extended outage would potentially be life-threatening for millions of people that live in our coldest areas.

And what about our banks and financial systems? Do we really want to invite the Russians to shut those down?

It really is in our best interest to try to find a way to develop a better relationship with Russia. Unfortunately, we are about to elect a crazy woman as our next president that has a fierce vendetta against the Russians, and Russian politicians are very open about the fact that if Hillary Clinton is elected in November that the odds of World War 3 happening will go up dramatically.

You may wake up one day only to discover that a massive cyberattack has completely changed life in America overnight.

When that happens, you won’t be able to say that you weren’t warned in advance.

About the author: Michael Snyder is the founder and publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and End Of The American Dream. Michael’s controversial new book about Bible prophecy entitled “The Rapture Verdict” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.*

 
  • greanfinisher .

    What the author failed to mention was that the U.S. intelligence agencies have mounted their own cyber and espionage attacks upon sovereign nations, and even wages illegal wire tapping on every single American.

  • K

    As someone affected by this attack. I would not be surprised if it was the Russians this time. The administration publicly threatens them with an attack. Should we be surprised, that they remind us. That two can play that game.

    • It was not the Russians..common…they are smart enough to know which website would really effect America…All the websites are really useless..and mainstream…people do not visit mainstream news now a days…

      • K

        It was not a full on attack. It was a warning shot.

      • Deplorables R Us

        Agreed. It’s our government gearing up for one of their false flags…

    • kfilly

      I have a different take. Our propaganda ministry (MSM) is beating the war drums with Russia (hacking DNC/Syria, etc). I view this as a potential false flag, and I believe it will be used to set up an even larger false flag attack. Obviosly, false flags are used to steer the sheep into believing that war is correct plan of action. Amerikans are sheep, and they will want to get those evil Russians because they can no longer use Fascistbook. The web will be down, and that will also take down the voice of people who are awake. This totally serves our tyrannical government on multiple fronts.

      • K

        Normally I would agree.But after Putins statement,” If they continue to push, Russia will fight a war in all ways possible”.We will see, soon enough.

        • kfilly

          In all honesty, I do not really think it matters much. All governments of the world are usurped by the same criminal banking cartel. The BRICS nations are a false opposition to governments of the West. The false East/West paradigm is not much different than the false Democrat/Republican paradigm. Every country in the world is tyrannical, and their governments are working to push the NWO. The only difference between nations is the amount of tyranny the people in each country are living under.

  • Brandon

    Just another ploy for the DEMON CRATS to steal the election!

  • Yeah..Always the boogeyman Russia, China or North Korea. It was the CIA to disrupt the election…WAKE UP.

    Its due to the elections. The Elites in America do not want elections and want Obama to be the president for ever.

    Your own government is doing it. Where is the proof Micheal that Russia did it…If North Korea has so much IQ, they would already be in Mars.

    Its the CIA, NSA doing it.

  • Linda

    Here’s a counter argument. What if our own government – i.e., Obama’s thugs – did this to blame it on the Russians for retaliation to his talking about cyber warfare? But why he is REALLY doing it is to shut down the place most Americans now get their news. (And where Wiki Leaks and James O’Keefe are releasing bombshells against Clinton). That makes a lot more sense to me. Why else would they stupidly talk about doing something that Russia will obviously prepare itself for?

    • Rusty Nale

      Why else would ‘Delbert Dumba$$’ give away the internet? Makes sense. Let’s review…Carter gives away the Panama Canal, Clinton gave away nuclear secrets to NK…

    • Mistanick

      Linda, I was just going to post the same thing.

  • Jim Davis

    Elliot?

  • Guest

    It is not meant for that. If that’s what you use the internet for, shame on you. Now repent.

    • Jim Clark

      Can’t do that. There are no more Amalekites to wipe out as God told us too because are are His Chosen People. We got their cattle and sheep and camels because those were heathen animals too.

      • watchmannonthewall

        There are Amalakites. It is a “type” of people who prey on the weak and defenseless. Scripture is not speaking about a nation, though it did exist at that time. Since God said He would “have war with Amalek from generation to generation”, either He lied or the amalakites exist today but not as a single nation.
        The last mention of Amelek was when the 10th member of the Nazis was hung in the late 1940’s. The individual specifically referrred to the Amalakites just before the door dropped. It has been a number of years since I looked this up so don’t remember the details but did verify the report, I believe, in the NYT. The Nazis were a type of them. It was a message sent acoss the centuries!

  • Sandy

    The author somehow thinks the sexual predator, Donald Trump is a better option than the crazy Hillary Clinton. I don’t think so. The USA has lots of enemies around the world & this cyber hacking could very well come from any enemy, however I do believe it is coming from Putin. Trump is just too temperamental to be the commander in chief. The Republican party has no one to blame but themselves for not properly vetting this jerk. Every time he makes some ludicrous or stupid comment then his air-headed surrogates try to explain that he meant an entirely different thing. It just makes them all look pathetic.

    • shot injured eunuch

      The Clintons have a long record of evil going back decades and she gets her orders directly from demon soros. The latest wikileaks show a bunch of her emails mentioning him. The corporate news is doing a really good job making Trump look as bad as possible.

    • Mistanick

      Oh Sandy, you do need to read more than the CNN reports or USA today. Mrs. Clinton is probably the most explosive first lady who has graced the White House. She can throw a dish farther than a frisbie and her language is saltier than a drunken sailor. As far as contradictions, Mrs. Clinton is a liar’s liar and that is very easy to show, if you have the courage to see it.

    • kfilly

      Bill Clinton is a serial rapist. Hillary attacks his victims. Early in her career as a defense attorney, Hillary defended a child rapist. She attacked the young female victim’s character. She cackled about getting her guilty client off. Yes, Hillary is a real defender of women’s rights there.

      If you want World War 3, vote Hillary. She is a Goldman Sachs puppet. Lloyd Blankenstein (CEO of Goldman Sachs) endorsed Hillary. Hillary gave you the messed up situation the Middle East. She gave you the illegal wars in Syria, Egypt, and Libya. For War–should be the new rallying cry of socialists.

      Hillary was on tape saying free college is a joke to get tge basement dwelling millenials to vote for her. If you wantbto live as a slave, vote for Hillary.

  • Mistanick

    Michael, you are buying into the boggyman Russia narrative that the mainstream media and deceitful political hacks including future VP Pence want everyone to believe.

    There is absolutely no evidence Russia had anything to do with it and given the lies told us by our government, we have every reason to believe our own government did it. You should have thought this one through more.

    • Joan Camara

      Yup, one of many false flags…how many countries have played that game? Do something bad, terrible or horrible, to their own country, and blame it on another country? One country I know of, does it VERY well. And I’m living in it!

    • Deplorables R Us

      I replied to you, Mistanick, but my reply was held up by the Moderator. Being censored…

  • NARENDRA MODI KING of WORLD

    There will be no nuclear world war 3, there won’t be global Armageddon, people will not have to over throw the shadow global government, because NARENDRA MODI is in charge now

  • GetReal4U2

    may God help us all…

  • Deplorables R Us

    What about our own Government as the culprit? That was my first thought, not Russia, China, North Korea or some other foreign actor. I don’t buy the “Russia is Satan therefore we must start WW3” explanation. Wake up People and understand who the true enemy is…

  • David

    getting millions of computers to commence a DOS Attack isn’t difficult.
    all it takes is a computer programmer to make a free game available to anyone on various websites. of course these free games also have a virus that opens ports normally closed thus allowing your pc to be controlled by others even without your knowledge.

  • Johnny Rebel

    DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) not Digital Denial of Service