Twitter went down worldwide, came back up and then went down again, with Down Detector racking up over 6,000 reports in one hour, but Twitter wasn’t alone in suffering outages, as multiple communications networks also saw a spike in reports overnight, with the live outage maps from different companies showing the same geographical locations being hit.
Also noteworthy is the spikes in outage complaints for the telecommunications companies occurred around the same time.
RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA!!!
Interestingly enough, it appears the mainstream media, on behalf of U.S. and UK officials, converged on warning their audiences that a global cyber attack was imminent and of course it was being blamed on Russia. The warning of course had nothing to do with actual outages, but highlighted an “unprecedented” joint alert from the U.S. and UK, that Russia was “stepping up” efforts to hack networks through routers, in retaliation for the Syria conflict.
The warning on Monday came from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation and Britain’s National Cyber Security Center. It included advice to companies about how to protect themselves and warned specifically of attacks on routers, the devices that channel data around a network.
“Russian state-sponsored actors are using compromised routers to conduct spoofing ‘man-in-the-middle’ attacks to support espionage, extract intellectual property, maintain persistent access to victim networks and potentially lay a foundation for future offensive operations,” according to a joint statement. “Multiple sources including private and public-sector cybersecurity research organizations and allies have reported this activity to the U.S. and U.K. governments.”
Just take a look at how all the media networks converged on that narrative within the last 24 hours.
That was just a portion of page one, it continues on subsequent pages, making it very clear that the media really, really wants people to know that Russia is conducting “cyber attacks.” While the warnings focused on the hacking of networks and data breaches, USA Today highlights the “targets included government and private organizations, including internet service providers.
According to the BCI Horizon Scan Report (2018), the top three concerns by businesses are 1) Cyber attack; 2) Data breach, and; 3) Unplanned IT and telecom outage.
Over the last 24 hours we have hit the trifecta of reports tapping into the top fears with the overwhelming push by the media over “global cyber attacks,” to include “date breaches,” and the overnight spike in telecom outage reports.
If I was the cynical type, I might think we were all being herded toward one specific “narrative,” where ultimately, the masses will start caring about Russia again.
For two years the media has been screaming about Russia. Russian collusion! Russia/Syria! Russia election interference! Russian bots! The problem for the liberal media is, as was admitted on CNN in January 2018, while they continue to be apoplectic about Russia on a daily basis, Americans they speak to, don’t care about Russia.