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Statement: Dyn DNS Company on Friday's DDos attack: 'We are conducting a thorough root cause and forensic analysis, and will report what we know in a responsible fashion. The nature and source of the attack is under investigation, but it was a sophisticated attack across multiple attack vectors and internet locations.'
Editor's note: In a tweet, WikiLeaks urged supporters to "stop taking down the US internet," saying Julian Assange is still alive and the organization is still publishing. Earlier this week, Ecuador's government said it partly restricted internet access for Assange, who has been living at the country's London embassy. WikiLeaks has been publishing emails connected to Hillary Clinton campaign, and U.S. officials believe Russia is tied to the hack. Officials have not said who is responsible for Friday's attacks on Dyn's DNS infrastructure, which is causing widespread disruption. However, an intelligence official told NBC News it is unlikely these are state sponsored attacks. - Stephanie
Editor's note: Security intelligence firm Flashpoint's researchers report they have observed a Mirai botnet attacking Dyn. Forbes reports this botnet consists of thousands of Internet-connected devices such as DVRs and cameras, which are vulnerable to simple hacks. Dyn told CNBC that the "Internet of Things" devices are one source of the ongoing attacks, which have been occurring for about nine hours. - Stephanie
Editor's note: Brian Krebs, who covers security news, says distributed denial of service attacks have increased "thanks largely to the broad availability of tools for compromising and leveraging the collective firepower of so-called Internet of Things devices." Krebs notes that today's attacks on Dyn - which impacted Twitter, Spotify, Reddit and others - came just hours after a company researcher presented a talk in Dallas on DDoS attacks. Krebs himself was hit by a major DDoS attack last month that was so large it caused Akamai to kick his blog off their network due to approximately 665 Gigabits of traffic per second. - Stephanie
Technology ("science of craft", from Greek τέχνη, techne, "art, skill, cunning of hand"; and -λογία, -logia) is the collection of techniques, skills, methods and processes used in the production of goods or services or in the accomplishment of objectives, such as scientific investigation. Technology can be the knowledge of techniques, processes, etc. or it can be embedded in machines, computers, devices and factories, which can be operated by individuals without detailed knowledge of the workings of such things.
The human species' use of technology began with the conversion of natural resources into simple tools. The prehistoric discovery of how to control fire and the later Neolithic Revolution increased the available sources of food and the invention of the wheel helped humans to travel in and control their environment. Developments in historic times, including the printing press, the telephone, and the Internet, have lessened physical barriers to communication and allowed humans to interact freely on a global scale. The steady progress of military technology has brought weapons of ever-increasing destructive power, from clubs to nuclear weapons.
Technology has many effects. It has helped develop more advanced economies (including today's global economy) and has allowed the rise of a leisure class. Many technological processes produce unwanted by-products, known as pollution, and deplete natural resources, to the detriment of Earth's environment. Various implementations of technology influence the values of a society and new technology often raises new ethical questions. Examples include the rise of the notion of efficiency in terms of human productivity, a term originally applied only to machines, and the challenge of traditional norms.
Philosophical debates have arisen over the use of technology, with disagreements over whether technology improves the human condition or worsens it. Neo-Luddism, anarcho-primitivism, and similar reactionary movements criticise the pervasiveness of technology in the modern world, arguing that it harms the environment and alienates people; proponents of ideologies such as transhumanism and techno-progressivism view continued technological progress as beneficial to society and the human condition.
Until recently, it was believed that the development of technology was restricted only to human beings, but 21st century scientific studies indicate that other primates and certain dolphin communities have developed simple tools and passed their knowledge to other generations.