November 5, 2016
On Thursday, we compiled a story based on research published by a British security expert reporting that some cyber criminals are apparently using Mirai Botnet to conduct DDoS attacks against the telecommunication companies in Liberia, a small African country.
In his blog post, Kevin Beaumont claimed that a Liberian transit provider confirmed him about the DDoS attack of more than 500 Gbps targeting one undersea cable servicing Internet connectivity for the entire country.
Later, some media outlets also confirmed that the DDoS attack caused Internet outage in some parts of the country, citing ‘slow Internet’ and ‘total outage’ experienced by some local sources and citizens.
“The DDoS is killing our business. We have a challenge with the DDoS. We are hoping someone can stop it. It’s killing our revenue. Our business has frequently been targeted” an employee with one Liberian mobile service provider told PC World.
Network firm Level 3 confirmed Zack Whittaker of ZDNet that it had seen attacks on telecoms companies in Liberia making access to the web spotty. Other reports suggested mobile net access was affected too.
“At first I thought it was a problem with my internet provider, which often suffers from slow speeds. But this feels more serious. Even when you do get online, the connection repeatedly cuts out.” BBC Africa’s Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Liberia shared his experience.
Of course, based on the high concern, the story went viral and Kevin’s research was covered by other media outlets, including BBC, PC World, The Guardian, Forbes, IBtimes, Quartz, Mashable, although few of them interpreted the incident incorrectly and claimed that the attack took down the entire country’s Internet.
In our article, we explicitly mentioned multiple times that criminals are “using Mirai Botnet to shut down the Internet for an entire country” and “trying to take down the Internet of Liberia.”
The only mistake in our previous article was the image caption which briefly said, “DDoS takes down entire country offline.” We apologize to our readers for an incorrect image caption, which has now been corrected.