Liberia is still under the influence of Cyber Attack

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Liberia is still reigning under the influence of cyber attack which hit it badly last week and dislodged its network communication with outside world. However, Liberia Telecommunications Authority (LTA) has claimed that the news that the entire internet activity in its region was dislodged by cyber crooks is false.

 LTA has issued a fresh statement a few hours ago saying that there is no evidence of any hacking activity at the Monitoring systems on the nation’s exchange point, where the region’s web traffic meets the global network.

But according to a telecommunication company named Lonestar Cell MTN based in Monrovia, Liberia; the internet disruption by hackers is still continuing. As per the latest statement issued by the renowned wireless telecommunication provider of the said region, cyber crooks are still sending massive volumes of artificial data to block domain naming systems. As a result of this activity, the internet is slow and in most cases intermittent.

The Government of Liberia has made a note of the request placed by Lonestar to investigate the internet disruption with a special team and is doing its best to find out the facts.

In the meantime, BBC has confirmed the news that Liberia has been repeatedly cut off from the internet due to consistent cyber attacks. It also classified the attack as a threat to national security.

Liberia first experienced overwhelming amounts of data hitting weakly protected devices such as webcams, digital video recorders and other smart devices at the end of last week. Then the intensity of DDoS Attack was so high and resulted in the disruption of internet network across the country which is located on the West African Coast.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is where malicious hacker groups use vulnerable devices to take over the web with high volumes of fake data requests. As the volume is high, the network gets clogged and eventually gets disrupted.

The government has pressed a special cyber team into the service of probing this event and assured that all such activities will be curtailed in future.

 

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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