MASS ATTACK AND THE SUCCESS OF THE ATTACKERS
In total, about 1.2 million attacks were carried out, mainly on the computers of well-known business giants. We urgently had to make patches for Amazon, Apple, Cisco, IBM and Microsoft corporations.
The intentions of the hackers turned out to be traditional:
stealing personal data of users, logins and passwords;
getting access to bank cards;
extortion by blocking work;
sending spam and creating botnets;
digital currency mining.
The attackers got full control of the servers and were able to use the computing power at their discretion.
A total of hundreds of thousands of users who stored hacking-sensitive information on rented computers were affected.
The rate of involvement in the infected network of bots has reached 100 new captures every minute. The Financial Times reported on the seriousness of the incident and attempts to rectify the situation with varying success.
Experienced hackers worked, according to the investigation from the groups that created the Tsunami and Mirai programs. The Monero program was used for cryptocurrency mining.
Messages sent by outsiders who had infiltrated the Minecraft chat helped to uncover the hacker invasion.
This carelessness cost the hackers dearly, as administrators took care of patching potentially vulnerable servers.