Telecom operators in North America hit by DDoS Cyber Attack


Telecom operators in North America were reportedly hit by a Distributed Denial of Services Cyberattack on Monday afternoon in what is believed to be touted as the largest cyber-attack launched on the telecom operators of America to date.

The list of the companies offering cell phone services and which have been targeted included T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. And reports are in that the attack caused cell phone network disruptions in states like Florida, Georgia, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, California, and Houston Texas.

When nearly 100,000 cell phone users started to complain on Twitter about the network disruption from Monday afternoon at 3 PM, the down detectors operating via web confirmed that the outage was due to a cyber attack and was spread across the whole of America.

According to a source, nearly 100,000 customers from T-Mobile and 30K from AT&T suffered the impact of the denial of service attack where hackers flood the servers with overwhelming amounts of fake traffic causing the servers and the network to collapse.

Call connectivity and data movement seem to have been severely impacted by the DDoS Cyber Attack said a frustrated T-Mobile user who vented her ire on the company via Facebook.

Neville Ray the Technology President of T-Mobile confirmed that there was a technical disruption that was fixed by 6 pm on the evening of Monday i.e. June 15th, 2020. However, he denied that the disruption was due to the DDoS cyber attack launched on the company servers as the investigation was still going on the cause of the network disruption and the people behind it.

Sprint and AT&T also acknowledged the attack by releasing statements that the issue will be resolved by evening. But Verizon is yet to react to the ongoing news speculations.

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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