Did anyone have a DDOS attack on the U.S. on their apocalypse bingo card? It’s not completely clear what has caused cell outages or outages on sites like Facebook and Instagram today. But some people are pointing to what looks like a sizeable DDOS attack or series of DDOS events on the U.S. It’s not clear if these are related to the outages at all, but they are worth watching and keeping an eye on. Read on to see how to watch the DDOS events live and to learn more about what’s going on.
Here’s How to Watch DDoS Events on the U.S. Live
One way to watch the DDOS attack live is by visiting Netscout’s live DDOS map here.
You can see a recording of one minute of attacks at around 5:15 p.m. Central below from Netscout. Netscout labels these as “DDoS events.”
Another Digital Attack Map that periodically updates is here. DigitalAttackMap.com characterizes this is a “Large” attack on Brazil and the United States. You can watch a live version embedded below that updates periodically from Digital Attack Map. If this map takes too long to load, you can visit here to see the full version.
For a different viewpoint, see the Live Cyber Threat Map from CheckPoint here. It seems to show a different perspective than other sources. Interestingly, Check Point lists the major targeted countries in the last day as being Nepal, Mongolia, Indonesia, Bolivia, and Taiwan (not the U.S.)
But Fortinet’s live threat map here shows a lot of activity in the U.S.
One person on Reddit noted that, theoretically, one person could be doing the DDOS or it could be from an organized group. This is all speculation, of course.
However, it may be too soon to get overly worried or to jump to conclusions about how the DDOS is connected to other outages. T-Mobile and Sprint have been having issues today, with customers reporting that they can’t make phone calls and some reporting issues with text messaging too, TechCrunch reported. The exact nature of the issue hasn’t been revealed, but some calls and data services are already being restored.
Teams continue to work as quickly as possible to fix the voice & messaging problems some are seeing.
Data services are now available & some calls are completing. Alternate services like WhatsApp, Signal, iMessage, Facetime etc. are available. Thanks for your patience. https://t.co/uQiGSAFEAH
— Neville (@NevilleRay) June 15, 2020
AT&T and Verizon told TechCrunch that their networks were operating fine. Some reports indicated that a major fiber network backbone called Level 3 might have had an outage, but CenturyLink told TechCrunch that wasn’t the case.
A Twitter account that claims to be connected to Anonymous, meanwhile, tweeted that the US was under a DDOS attack.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) June 15, 2020
However, a larger Anonymous account on Facebook with 11 million followers has not made any such claims.
According to Down Detector, issues have been experienced today with T-Mobile, Metro, Verizon, AT&T, Steam, Sprint, Instagram (now resolved), Facebook, Xbox Live, and other services.
Goodbye internet?https://downdetector.com/Check out these search results: https://twitter.com/search?q=ddos&s=09
It is too soon, however, to know if this is connected to the DDOS at all or if that is just a coincidence. Still, the maps are fascinating to watch live.
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