A U.S technology security vendor, LogRhythm has predicted that millions of computer users across the world may be blocked from the internet due to a shutdown. The shutdown, he says, will last for 24 hours.
In an interview with Business Insider, the chief information security officer and vice president of the company explained that the shutdown won’t be caused because of a computer glitch, either. Continuing, he cited events from 2016 which he believes were the foreshadowing of something that could cause financial markets to “tank.”
“We saw the massive DDoS [distributed denial of service] attack against DynDNS just a couple of months ago. That DDoS attack took down sites like Twitter and Spotify for a few hours. We saw a similar DDoS hit Brian Krebs before the attack against Dyn. These were really just tests,” he said.
The attack he references took down some of the largest websites available online including Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify and various others. The event took place for well over two hours.
“If you can prove that you can take down massive sites and a large chunk of the US internet for a few hours, a 24-hour outage seems pretty easy to do?” said Carder.
Carder also indicated that he felt that hackers could potentially target mainstream media sources in their attacks. Due to this, in his opinion, the “fake news” debacle would grow exponentially.
“The power of influence is starting to shift away from mainstream news outlets, and I don’t think that is something those mainstream outlets can afford to let happen. They will respond to the fake news threat by trying to implement some level of media control that will likely take it a little too far,” he said.
“I think hackers, in the name of protecting our freedom of speech, will retaliate by knocking down a major media outlet or two.”
Other hackers will target smartphones by use of ransomware, he stated in another prediction. According to him, the hackers will take over vulnerable devices and then hold their personal data “hostage” for money. Their method of doing this will by by threatening to send out private photos, or by threatening to delete personal photos. “Just think- how much would you pay to recover your photos?” said Howe.
What exactly could the implications be for such a series of attacks? There are many who predict that if the internet did shut down for 24 hours, many of your favorite sites will no longer be available when the internet comes back. Furthermore, if major media sites are targeted in the attack, what could that mean for government retaliation on such attacks? Currently, only speculations can be made, however, looking back at 2016, this could end up being much more than we could ever imagine.