How Cyberattacks Affect Your Online Home


Did you hear about the massive cyberattack that shut down Twitter for several hours last week and also interfered with Facebook? Maybe you experienced it yourself when you tried to update the world about your daily activites and suddenly you couldn't.

It turns out it was caused by a Russian effort to silence a Georgian blogger, according to Internet security experts as seen in The Week. The blogger, known as Cyxymu--the Cyrillic spelling of Sukhumi, a Georgian city damaged during last year's war with Russia--is famous for his anti-Russian posts. Security experts believe that Russian cyberattackers sent out a huge volume of spam with links to Cyxymu's sites on Twitter and Facebook; when the spam's recipients clicked the links, the resulting traffic overwhelmed the sites.

Talk about a sci-fi, action, thriller movie plot gone awry; obviously it isn't too far fetched when it actually hits home... your home. These are modern times we're living in so please do yourself a favor and take a moment to understand what a DDoS is, and better yet, remind yourself of the most important tip I always tell you: Don't click on links in email messages or blog posts, especially if you don't know the person who wrote it!
Be safe, surf well, NetLingo is here to help.
PEEP,
Erin



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