ISIS could be in the middle of trying to take down the Internet – and it may have tried doing so last year.
According to International Business Times, a major attack took place late last year on 13 root name servers – considered the backbone of the worldwide Internet – and it apparently came from the “IS Amaq Agency” app that is used by ISIS to spread its propaganda around the world. The app would have created a botnet to perform a massive “distributed denial of service” (DDos) on the servers.
At the peak of the attack, the servers were receiving 5 million queries per second. It would have taken as few as 18,000 smartphones using the app to conduct the attack. Users would not have known their phones were being used that way, IBT reported. The app is not available in the iPhone App Store or in Google Play.
“I feel certain that the IS news app was the source of the DDoS attack,” cybersecurity expert John McAfee told IBT. “One of my researchers has discovered encrypted packets being sent to the Amaq Agency news app.