When millions found their phones to fall flat when it came to connecting calls on Monday, jokes regarding the 2020 curse, foreign influence, and attacks by aliens flooded social media.
However it was no joke when hours later people still couldn’t still use their cell phones.
In Nevada a power surge occurred the day before leaving some with scattered power and internet capabilities.
Those with internet turned to the platform to find out what was happening and learned this was a nationwide issue.
According to Down Detector, multiple platforms cited outages including:
Being that a whole country would experience wireless issues is rare, some are suspicious of an external element.
YC.news reports: “The diversity of the attacks indicates that this is cyber ecosystems attacking U.S. infrastructure,” said a source briefed on the situation. “Federal agencies are currently monitoring the situation very closely.”
They continue, “A security and network engineer stated that a DDOS (Denial of Service Attack) would be unlikely and the broad scope of services down would rule out DNS hijacking. It’s possible the attack method is BGP hijacking which is sophisticated and has occurred in the past although not on this scale. BGP is usually used for data-centers looking for internet redundancy for CDN (Content Delivery Network).”
News.co.au discusses the possibility of a Distributed Denial of Service Attack which is “designed to disrupt a web page or service and deny access to the people who actually want to use it. As opposed to an ordinary, direct denial of service attack, a DDOS attack comes from multiple sources, making them much more difficult to stop.” It floods the server with requests such that it can’t keep up.
This is a developing story……