Someone Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet

Bruce Schneier has an interesting article about a development that brings back memories from when Stuxnet was discovered.

Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet. These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. We don’t know who is doing this, but it feels like a large a large nation state. China and Russia would be my first guesses.

This may be in line with some findings that a new larger team is developing malware and exploits for an international scale. It also urges a lot of parties to take security more serious and not only go for compliance. It also may put the announcement from GCHQ about the great British firewall in a new light.

Author: Hans Spaans

Unix & security consultant with a passion for Linux, Solaris, PostgreSQL, Perl and network services, but also a strong believer in open and free source, standards and content.