Well, this is just a speculation that is going amok on Twitter and other social media platforms and has attracted the attention of a lot of officials from White House early this week.
As soon as T-Mobile witnessed an outage in early June this year, many started to predict a potential Chinese Denial of service attack against US Critical Infrastructure.
Speculations became rampant after a Twitter account with the handle name @YourAnonCentral claiming to be affiliated to the Chinese hacking group ‘Anonymous’ affirmed the news and claimed that the preparations for the attack have already started on the soil of the People’s Republic of China.
Interestingly, one of the renowned cloud companies which were one among the 6.5 million followers of the hacking group handle liked the tweet that garnered tens of thousands of user engagements thereafter.
What’s the truth then….?
Factually, these are just rumors spread by some social media groups which are being paid to spread fake news- also called misinformation.
Coming to the outage of T-Mobile which affected users using FaceTime, iMessage, Google Meet, Google Duo, Zoom, Skype, and WhatsApp to a certain extent- it was a mere technical failure which could happen with any Technology company and strictly was not a result of a Distributed Denial of Service Attack.
Mathew Prince, the CEO of Cloudflare says that such type of speculations proves good to top the news headlines on Google. But can never prove accurate.
What does the White House say- On an official note, the National Capital Region Threat Intelligence Consortium, affiliated to the US Department of Homeland Security has declared the news as ‘False’. And a source from White House says that the Critical Infrastructure of United States- a country led by Donald Trump has a great defense-line to thwart cyberattacks of any range – be it ransomware or a DDoS.
And so the populace need not worry about these speculations being spread on various social media platforms by state-funded intelligence groups of some adversary nations.