E&T news story: huge cyber attack takes nearly 1 million Germans offline

A cyber security news story from E&T online

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Nov 29, 2016
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Nearly a million customers with German cable network Deutsche Telekom were hit by network outages on Sunday following a large scale cyber attack.

The disruptions were blamed on a failed hacking attempt to hijack consumer router devices for a wider internet attack.

Deutsche Telekom said that as many as 900,000, or about 4.5% of its 20 million fixed-line customers, suffered internet outages starting on Sunday and continuing into Monday, when the number of affected users began to decline sharply.

The outages appeared to be related to a botched attempt to turn a sizeable number of customers’ routers into a part of the Mirai botnet, according to Thomas Tschersich, head of IT security at Deutsche Telekom.

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