News about the Mirai botnet – millions of tainted Internet of Things devices being used to tandem to swamp targets with DDoS attack, as happened to Dyn last month – just keeps getting worse. Now an entire country, Liberia in west Africa, has been targeted, reports Kevin Beaumont from Medium:
Over the past week we’ve seen continued short duration attacks on infrastructure in the nation of Liberia. Liberia has one internet cable, installed in 2011, which provides a single point of failure for internet access. From monitoring we can see websites hosted in country going offline during the attacks — additionally, a source in country at a Telco has confirmed to a journalist they are seeing intermittent internet connectivity, at times which directly match the attack. The attacks are extremely worrying because they suggest a Mirai operator who has enough capacity to seriously impact systems in a nation state.