U.S. Internet and communications services have been hit hard, with many expressing concern that a coordinated DDoS attack is underway to cause unrest. So far, there have been a number of reports services facing problems, such as T-Mobile, the country's third largest mobile phone company, Facebook, along with its respective platforms Messenger and Instagram, as well as the popular Fortnite game. A tweet from an account claiming to represent the global hacking team "Anonymous" tries to convince people that the situation is very serious, especially since it affects services with a large number of users such as T-Mobile and Facebook, but also the Fortnite game.
The map comes from the site Digital Attack Map, which monitors top daily DDoS attacks taking place on a global scale. A DDoS attack is designed to disrupt a website or service and prevent people who really want to use it from accessing it. Unlike an ordinary, immediate denial of service attack, a DDoS attack comes from many sources, making it much more difficult to deal with. The attack involves overloading one server with requests, until he can no longer respond.
This is what happened in the 2016 Australian Census and what Government Minister Stuart Robert said happened on the Centrelink website as millions of young unemployed Australians "flooded" the site at the start of the pandemic. Hours later, Stuart had to recall his claim that the site had been hit by a DDoS attack when it turned out to be untrue. The huge traffic that the site experienced, as hundreds of thousands of people needed help in March due to its pandemic COVID-19:, began to raise suspicions that a DDoS attack was in progress, however it was not a real attack. According to cybersecurity blogger Marcus Hutchins, this site presents a random sample of DDoS global traffic that is poorly designed on a world map. It does not indicate an attack on the United States and there is no clear indication that this is such an attack, noting that DDoS attacks take place every day worldwide. He also noted that the "scary" map was nothing special, and said he was reluctant to conclude that it was a coordinated attack. Hutchins also noted: "Without knowing the exact destination, other than the US, no conclusions can be drawn. The US is the world leader in hosting, this could be a set of irrelevant DDoS attacks against random websites hosted in the US. "Maps like this are nothing more than marketing to the eyes of the world."
However, regardless of whether the shutdown is the result of a coordinated DDoS attack or not, it is not ruled out that some services are down. The DownDetector website, which collects complaints and reports online about services that are out of order, shows a huge increase in complaints about certain services. The mobile phone company T-Mobile does not operate anywhere in the country, with customers reporting that they cannot make phone calls or send messages, but they can use data. T-Mobile CEO Neville Ray said the company is working to address the issue. Competitors, including AT&T and Verizon, also had problems, as did Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS. Similar problems appeared on Facebook. Finally, the game publisher Epic He had problems with his store, as well as Fortnite's popular game.