How Web Cams Helped Bring Down the Internet, Briefly

Web Cams Helped Bring Down the Internet

On October 21st, there was a massive cyber attack that left millions of internet users unable to access around 1,200 websites, including Twitter, Reddit and Netflix for most of the day.

A large part of the problem is that internet-connected device makers currently do almost nothing to protect their products from cybersecurity threats, Mike Raggo, the chief research officer at the security firm ZeroFOX, which focuses on social media platforms, told TIME. “Manufacturers want you to be able to plug it in and it’s ready to go,” he said. “So most of these devices have a default password, default configuration, default login.” That makes it easy to plug-and-play, but it also makes these devices very vulnerable to attack.