Yesterday was a day filled with technological mishaps, leading many to believe that there may be more to the story aside from coincidental glitches in the systems of major companies and stock exchanges, particularly United Airlines, the New York Stock Exchange and the Wall Street Journal.
Namely, cyber terrorism and hackers are trying to take down parts of our economy via the web.
One terrific organization called Norse, which tracks cyber attacks in real time, released an image mapping all of yesterday’s attacks that seems to reveal that China may have had a large part in yesterday’s events. Norse tracks DDOS attacks which are relatively easy to do. However it is the concentrated target that draws attention.
The Chinese DDOS attacks/hackers seemed to focus on the St. Louis region yesterday morning.
Was yesterday possibly a concerted attack by Chinese DDOS hackers or the dawn of a new global cyber war? It’s too unclear at this point, to determine if this was a cyber attack at all given all the attempted attacks seem focused on St. Louis but it is surely an issue we will be tracking.
But we know, as well as most of you, that coincidence is too often not actual coincidence.
After a series of cyber failures involving first UAL, then this website, then the NYSE which is still halted, then the WSJ, some have suggested that this could be a concerted cyber attack (perhaps by retaliatory China unhappy its stocks are plunging) focusing on the US. So we decided to look at a real-time cyber attack map courtesy of Norsecorp which provides real time visibility into global cyber attacks.
What clearly stands out is that for some reason Chinese DDOS attacks/hackers seem to be focusing on St. Louis this morning.