House committee to discuss recent cyberattack

House committee to discuss recent cyberattack
© Greg Nash

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce announced on Wednesday that it will hold a meeting regarding last month’s cyberattack against Dyn, a domain name system (DNS) provider. 

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The hearing will be jointly held by the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade chaired by Rep. Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas). 

“Americans should not have to worry that the convenience and connectivity of the Internet of Things comes at the expense of the resiliency and reliability of the larger Internet,” said Burgess and Walden in a joint statement. 

“Next week’s hearing provides our members with an opportunity to learn more about the recent cyberattacks, how cyberattacks are evolving and what can be done to mitigate future attacks and risks,” they said. 

The hearing, titled “Understanding the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Cyber Attacks,” will take place on Nov. 16. 

During the attack on Dyn and other DNS providers in late October, hackers used a Mirai botnet to take advantage of security vulnerabilities in Internet of Things devices like cameras and DVRs to launch an unprecedented distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. The DDoS attack used the devices to flood Dyn and others’ bandwidth beyond the point of usability.

The attack took down major websites like Twitter, Airbnb, Spotify and The New York Times that used Dyn and other compromised providers’ services.