Massive Cyber Attack Knocks Out Major Websites

Attacks blocked web pages for millions of users on sites including, Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Amazon, Reddit and more.
1:41 | 10/21/16

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Major attack on the Internet the newest attack just a short time ago affecting Americans coast to coast tonight. The FBI and Homeland Security taking this very seriously. Sites like Netflix Amazon eBay all affected and look at this map tonight the area is in deep red there are the worst affected. Several waves of malicious attacks today and ABC's David Curley tonight from the FBI. Twitter Spotify eBay among the hundreds of popular sites affected by this attack all trying to recover tonight. Early this morning the attack started taking down sites including Netflix with its popular shows like boards as the new black and stranger things. It was the East Coast host of these sites dying ink in New Hampshire which was hit. It's called a denial of service attack when devices are used as bots to overwhelm a site with queries. This just the most recent attack according to US intelligence email hacks were made by the rushing government. The White House says it's too early to know who's responsible for today's attack which it called malicious activity. A lot of folks joking David what will they do this week and about Netflix probably shopped this weekend but there are real concerns tonight about this being a new kind of attack we're dealing with the a new kind of attack the company called it extremely sophisticated. And complex and just two weeks ago David the first documented account. Of a bot using surveillance cameras. In an attack these are called the Internet of things are critters your facts is hooked up to the Internet they're not secure someone's figured out how to use of an interest in an attack. And they made use it in this one David David Curley live at the FBI for a statement thank you.

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