John McAfee: North Korea behind Dyn DDoS assault, larger attacks on the way

midian182

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Whenever a major security incident takes place in the tech world, you can be certain that John McAfee will weigh in with his opinion. The anti-virus pioneer has just revealed who he believes was behind Friday’s DDoS attacks on popular DNS provider Dyn.

A senior US intelligence official told CNBC that the attacks did not appear to be state-sponsored, but a classic case of internet vandalism. McAfee’s sources disagree. He told CSO online that the Dark Web is “rife with speculation that North Korea is responsible for the Dyn hack.” Specifically, he claims Bureau 21, the country’s cyber-warfare agency that reportedly consists of over 2000 hackers, launched the assaults.

McAfee added that if Bureau 21 really was responsible, the forensic analysis would point to either China, Russia, or a US group being behind the DDoS attacks. The one-time presidential candidate told social media week that the North Korean group left a false trail pointing toward US DDoS protection company BackConnect Inc. “If all evidence points to this American company [BackConnect], then, with 100% certainty, it is not them,” he said.

Bloomberg reports that Dyn’s director of Internet analysis, Doug Madory, gave a presentation about BackConnect’s alleged questionable practices, such as BGP hijacking, the day before the attacks took place.

One computer security firm claims last week’s attacks involved Mirai, the malware used in the record-breaking 620 Gbps attack on researcher Brian Krebs website last month. Mirai’s source code was subsequently posted on hacking community Hackforums, which Krebs said “virtually guarantees” the internet will be “flooded with attacks from many new botnets powered by insecure routers, IP cameras, digital video recorders and other easily hackable devices.” Looks as if he was right.

Krebs, incidentally, helped Madory with his research into BackConnect.

As large as the attacks were, McAfee believes those responsible have merely been probing the defenses before launching a much bigger assault.

I also believe that this attack was the harbinger of near future attacks that will be much more devastating. I believe the smaller prior attacks served to identify weaknesses in the Internet’s infrastructure. Clearly there are weaknesses. Anticipate that these will be exploited in a big way.

While McAfee has fabricated claims in the past for no other reason than publicity – he admitted his team of “superhackers” that could break into the San Bernardino iPhone was made up – North Korea will probably be one of the prime suspects in this case. And unless the perpetrators are found, more attacks do seem likely.

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ikesmasher

TS Evangelist
"John McAfee: North Korea behind Dyn DDoS assault,"

"He told CSO online that the Dark Web is “rife with speculation that North Korea is responsible for the Dyn hack.” "

A bit click baity dont you think?
 

VitalyT

Russ-Puss
All his false applause, grin and gloating won't sway my sense of deduction to say unequivocally - that steely-eye bastard did it, either all by himself or Trump had him do it.

North Korea is laughing :)
 
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Uncle Al

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Seriously???? A country that can't build a decent missile or tries to set off tons on TNT and claim it is nuclear .... man, John is really desperate for some free press, eh?
 
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davislane1

Did the US and Russia kiss and make up or something? I thought everything was Russia's fault?
Too many people were questioning the narrative, so now it has to be the Norks. Recall last week:

Oct 19th: "Don't read the Podesta emails about poll rigging, media collusion, and Hillary's comments about open borders and 'public and private' positions. The Russians are trying to interfere with the election by spreading them on Twitter."

Oct 21st: "The Russians are conducting a cyberattack on the United States, taking down many popular websites, including Twitter."

That didn't go as smoothly as they had hoped, so it was the North Koreans, who can't figure out how to launch a rocket but can take down the Internet in both the U.S. and Europe.
 
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RustyTech

Too many people were questioning the narrative, so now it has to be the Norks.
Because everyone and everything was/is being blamed on russia, I started youtubeing that russian news channel, Russia Today; and let me tell you...there is a huge contrast of what every US news outlet shows in comparison to what's reported there!! OMG!
 

wiyosaya

TS Evangelist
All his false applause, grin and gloating won't sway my sense of deduction to say unequivocally - that steely-eye bastard did it, either all by himself or Trump had him do it.

North Korea is laughing :)
I vote Trump. Anything to make the people forget that he encouraged Russia to hack Hillary earlier this year. Trump denies everything anyway, this would only give him more justification for a denial.

As I see him, McAfee is yet another of the rich wackos of the world.
 
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Reachable

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When there's been a crime, and a cloud of confusion and complexity surrounds it, the only way through the cloud is to ask who really has something to gain by having the crime happen. Russia has nothing to gain by releasing hacked emails from the DNC and Hillary's campaign. Republicans and supporters of Trump do -- or at least they think they do. The Dyn attack could have been anyone who had the motive to see what might be possible. It seems unlikely there'd be any motive other than that.

John McAfee's doing something right to keep looking good.