Some context from infosec/malware expert MalwareTech (Marcus Hutchins):
This site show a random sample of global DDoS traffic badly plotted on a world map. It does not indicate an attack against the US, it lacks context to make any inferences at all (other than DDoS attacks are happening all day every day).
21:48 PM - 15 Jun 2020
Without knowing the exact destination(s), other than they're within the US, no conclusions can be made. The US is the world leader in hosting, this could be a bunch of unrelated DDoS attacks against random US hosted websites. Maps like this are nothing but marketing eye candy.
21:56 PM - 15 Jun 2020
T-Mobile outage means everyone using them can't access any websites, leading to reports that facebook, twitter, instagram are all down (they're not). Customers also can't call/be called by other providers, leading to reports other providers are down too (they're not).
22:26 PM - 15 Jun 2020
Also probably not worth bringing any attention to "Anonymous" accounts. Many high-profile ones were recently promoting a "hack" of the Minneapolis PD, that ended up being entirely bogus (Sourced from Troy Hunt, another infosec expert and founder of Have I Been Pwned).
Many "Anonymous" accounts are also jumping on top of recent events for social media spread:
Here's an interesting one. This Account with 120k followers claiming to represent "Anonymous" was a fake K-pop giveaway account up until 3 days ago, when it changed name and began tweeting about BLM.
19:12 PM - 02 Jun 2020
Spicier opinion time: This kind of BS shouldn't be promoted on this site.
Knowing Ben I don't think he was "promoting" this BS but rather making a post about a current event to foster discussion. He didn't say "American Communications Companies ARE Under DDoS Attack" he said "American Communications Companies Appear to Be Under DDoS Attack" which given the information he had at the time seemed to be correct.
I think the best part of this community is its ability to foster discussion. Your response alone gave me more information on the topic than I had been able to previously get in my (admittedly limited) searching.
At the very least I'm happy this post got made so I could read your, Ari's, and
daoleno's response. I learned a lot from them.
maybe the title can be modified with something along the lines of [Update: Debunked]. I agree the comments on this are informative and interesting. But I think the title suggests there was an actual cyber attack, which, especially from the founder of the platform, I think is inappropriate. At the very least misleadingly clickbaity.
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