The websites of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both came under attack shortly before election day, according to cybersecurity firm Flashpoint.
In a timeframe of 16 hours between Sunday, November 6th and Monday, November 7th, four different DDoS (Dedicated Denial of Service) attacks were monitored against the websites of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, three of which targeted Donald Trump’s official website. Flashpoint noted that the attempts seemed to come from different attackers, with all attacks lasting approximately thirty seconds.
Flashpoint believes that attackers used a tool called “Mirai” to perform the cyber attacks, which became particularly infamous recently after it was used to attack Internet “switchboard” Dyn and temporarily knock major websites such as Twitter, Reddit, and Spotify offline.
Flashpoint has assured voters that this attack will not affect the election, saying, “While attacks against websites may cause minor challenges for the respective candidates’ campaign operations, they will not directly impact the final vote count in the presidential election on November 8. Flashpoint will continue to monitor the Mirai botnet for further developments.”
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