The Netflix sign on is shown on an iPad in Encinitas, California, April 19,2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
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Cyber attacks pounded the underpinnings of the internet Friday, crippling Twitter, Netflix and other major websites with the help of once-dumb devices made smart with online connections.The attack was said to put a troubling new spin on an old hacker attack known as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), where millions of devices in the fast-growing internet of things took part in the cyber onslaught.Hacker software referred to as Mirai that takes control of IoT devices was evidently linked to the attack, with the broad range of devices making requests helping get past Dyn defenses.The attack could also have been meant as a message from a foreign power, cyber security analysts told AFP.DDoS attacks involve flooding websites with more traffic than they can handle, making them difficult to access or taking them offline entirely.Amazon Web Services, which hosts some of the most popular sites on the internet, including Netflix and the home-stay network Airbnb, said that it also staved off one attack, only to be hit with similar problems several hours later.DDoS attacks have been in the hacker arsenal for quite some time, but abated as companies learned how to defend against them.
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