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Discussion in 'Gadgets & Tech Talk' started by Ken Anderson, Jul 8, 2015.
Here is a live map that tracks cyber attacks. I think you will find it interesting.
Pardon me for my ignorance. But what exactly is a cyber attack? With that map in the link, I am getting an impression of those futuristic war movies where the radar showed the missiles. Anyway, back to reality, are those cyber attacks hacking attempts? It really looks like a war game to me. Interesting though but I need more explanation.
It appears that most of the attacks that are coming into the United States are going to St. Louis, MO. There are a lot more going there than are going to Washington DC area or New York City.
Does anyone have any idea why St. Louis would be such an active target ?
Most of the attacks are coming from China, and there are only a very few of them coming from Russia; so that should show us something.
That would be the current target. Since these are not, for the most part, kids playing around with their computer anymore, but concerted, organized efforts, probably state sponsored, they choose a specific target. While there are side attacks going on at the same time, most are targeted at one place. To bring it into something that might be relatable, if this web site were hosted on the same network as the target of these attacks, it would be having problems.
A lot of the Russian attacks are directed at China, too.
There are all sorts of different attacks going on, most of which I don't understand. But yes, they are both hacking attempts as well as DOS attempts. The intention may be simply to disrupt significant U.S. Internet networks, or it might be to distract in order to bring about a hacking attempt against another target, since it's more difficult to guard against hacking attempts when you can barely connect to your own network.
Here's an article that explains in part what may be going on. Also, the Federal Reserve bank in St. Louis was breached in April through a cyberattack. I don't know if that's the target again but St. Louis' connections would affect a large part of the country.
This is becoming a frightening thing. Yesterday there was a shut down of the computer network at one international airport along with a computer issue at the New York Stock Exchange. We were told on the news that these two incidents had nothing to do with each other. So, I am suppose to believe that this coincidentally happened on the same day. It had me thinking what if someone is hacking into our networks and figuring out a way to shut things down. What if this was just a test to see if it would work in two separat locations. Yes, I may seem like an alamist but I can't help but I can't help it with the amount of hackings going on and now these computer shut downs.
I just found another reason that St. Louis would be being hit with the attacks so much. It turns out that a main office of the NYSE is right there, too.
It's clear what's happening then, and that we're being lied to again.
Hah, I remember seeing this site about a year ago! I found it interesting that there are so many going on in Asia, especially near China. Is the hacking scene so big in China?
State-sponsored as in what? I really can't figure out what that would mean. Sponsored by whom? The United States, in order to get China's secrets out in the light? Or other countries? I'm confused. :/
No, state sponsored, as in China's government attacking us, and apparently, Russia, although I tend not to trust that Russia and China aren't on some level, at least, cooperating in attacks against us.
Typical that we'd be lied to. Perhaps the news and government is hoping that in lying to us, they are creating a lie that the attackers will believe, although neither the attackers, nor most of the thinking public, would believe them at this point.
@Yvonne Smith @Ken Anderson I'm so glad you're on our side, because you sure are tech savvy, and willing to share your knowledge.
State sponsored, as in being done by the Chinese government. Given the large number of Chinese sites that are generating these attacks, and the coordination involved, that makes sense. Oddly enough, although there are some Russian sites generating attacks against the United States, the most active Russian site attacks China or the site off the coast of Africa, identified only as milgov, which I would assume stands for military government, but I don't know whose. U.S. attack are almost never against China, although most of China's attacks are against the United States. There is a site in South Korea that lodges attacks against China, which could be connected to the United States, since we've had bases there forever. Keep in mind, also, that we could be lodging attacks from foreign sites.
Oh, makes sense. Also, it should not come as a surprise that the two biggest communist powers of the world are cooperating (don't give me the bull that Russia is democratic, that country is ALL BUT democratic). I hate the Russian and Chinese governments, they screw over so many people! First, China is North Korea's shield, which lets them further torture poor people, then Russia starts slowly taking over Eastern Europe under stupid pretexts.
Right after I last posted, the map lit up like a Christmas tree, and most of my sites, including this one, went down for me. It's been happening more than usual over the past week or so, and this one was a bad one, I ended up just shutting down for a while.
From what I've heard, our electric grid will be targeted, which is worrisome. Most of us don't have back up power, so would be affected, at least until the grid could be restored.
I guess the question that I am asking myself, as cool as that map looks and all- how do we know it is real? It looks like St Louis is still all lite up today, which is Sunday night and the stock exchange is definitely not open. Just for chuckles and grins I compared this to information on the Internet Traffic report that is an indicator of web traffic in various states at the main hubs, St Lois is fine, Texas, Georgia and Anaheim not so much so. Wouldn't it stand to reason if these were DOS attacks there would be some sort of correlation between the two sources information wise? Isn't that what a DOS attack is-bombardment that causes packet loss?
I will say though that it does look very cool, I am just not certain the level of faith I have in it just yet. I don't know why but for as long as I have been on the net denying other folks the use of the internet has been a problem I never really understood this, reminds me of when mom says you've been bad and you can't watch TV or something.
@Jenn Windey Jenn, Who is Analog X? I clicked where it said, to find out, and was denied.
Analog X? Not to sure what you clicked there Diane, you are in the states right? the URL is for the site internettrafficreport.com I had it go right to the North America portion. Now this is just a thought, I read this morning on the news wire that Anonymous had hacked radio station in Indiana are you in Indiana?
I did a keyword search on the term "Analog X" It appears that it can also be a Trojan horse virus, I am wondering if your computer is infected with a virus? Didn't you say you were having all sorts of connection issues recently?
No, because Internet traffic generally counts HTML traffic, and if you look at the Norse map, very few of the attacks are done through HTML. There are several ways in which attacks are made, most of which I don't understand, but they include telnet, ds, vnc, tcpmux, isakmp, csdm, sentinelsrm, hermes, unpin, and other connections that I don't know what they are, as well as through email connections, etc. This isn't counted as Internet traffic, yet it bogs down the servers. Much of it is intended to distract, I am sure, while others are designed to allow hackers to access these sites while the IT teams are busy trying to keep the networks from crashing.
AnalogX is also a legitimate software company so, while I have no doubt that there may be a Trojan that identifies itself as AnalogX, it could also be legitimate. Since AnalogX is not a Mac thing, I am not familiar with it, but it does seem to be legitimate. That's one of the bad things about the bad guys, who make viruses, trojans, and other malware, is that they often identify themselves as something legitimate.
@Jenn Windey When I click your link, at top right, it says AnalogX, and it's also mentioned in the FAQ. Do y'all not see that? I wouldn't doubt that I have a virus, but I clearly see it in both places on that site. Thanks, @Ken Anderson for the information, hopefully the site itself, and information provided is legitimate, but I am not sure why I was denied when I clicked for more information on AnalogX on the site Jenn posted.
Her link is to a page of internettrafficreport.com for North America Internet traffic. It seems that, for some reason, you are being redirected to something related or identified as AnalogX.
Yes, that's the page I'm seeing, but at top right, just off the side of the the header is AnalogX, in the blue.