Denial of Service Attack Strikes Down Major Websites

Episode 1333 (01:51)

Ddos attack

A Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDOS) hit the internet yesterday, tossing several networks offline. Leo says this happens all the time as robot computers are drafted to clog networks with phoney requests. What's disturbing about this particular attack is that it's using not only computers, but it's taking advantage of smart devices used in the home (called the internet of things), like routers, DVRs, smart refrigerators, and even internet enabled home security systems. With over 6.4 Billion devices connected this year, 5.5 million every day, most being poorly secured, these devices can be added to botnets for even more drastic DDOS attacks. What's Leo's advice? Well, don't use them. Until security is addressed, that's really all you can do. Or at least change the passwords.

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