A bunch of kids probably pulled off the biggest DDoS hack ever

Millions of people in the eastern U.S. woke up on a Friday morning in October to find large parts of the internet not working. No Twitter. No Netflix. No Spotify. The issue, as we later learned, was an ominous new kind of cyberattack, where “smart” household devices were marshaled into a zombie army capable of choking critical infrastructure of the web. It was the biggest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in history.

We were also told that given the ubiquity of these internet-connected devices — web cameras and “smart” household items of all sorts, largely made in China and shipped to the States by the boatload — this type of attack would only grow worse and more frequent.