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Massive DDoS Attacks Disable Internet Access Throughout Liberia

November 07, 2016 / Jeff Goldman

British security researcher Kevin Beaumont recently reported that a series of massive cyber attacks using the Mirai DDoS botnet periodically disabled all Internet access throughout the country of Liberia. "Liberia has one Internet cable, installed in 2011, which provides a single point of failure for Internet access. ... The attacks are extremely worrying because they suggest a Mirai operator who has enough capacity to seriously impact systems in a nation state," Beaumont wrote. An employee at a Liberian mobile service provider told Network World that the attacks were hurting his business. "It's killing our revenue," he said. "Our business has been targeted frequently." Beaumont said it appears that the attacks, which targeted Liberian telecom operators who co-own the single Internet cable, were being used to test denial of service techniques.