YouTube HACKED? Cyber-attack group ‘Ghost Squad’ claims responsibility for today’s outage
The group has previously attacked CNN, ISIS, and the Afghani and Israeli governments, but it so far hasn’t provided any proof of its latest claim
A TEAM of hacktivists has claimed responsibility for the outage that brought YouTube down last night.
The Ghost Squad Hackers boasted of its exploits on Twitter, although it so far hasn’t provided any proof that it was behind the outage.
YouTube fans in Europe, the US and South America were left twiddling their thumbs last night after the popular video-sharing website went down for over an hour.
The Google-owned company was tight-lipped as to the causes of this outage, postingon Twitter only that it was “working on resolving” the issue.
Well, one explanation has now been been put forward: the cyber-attack group known as the Ghost Squad Hackers has claimed responsibility for YouTube’s momentary disappearance.
“Youtube downed by Ghost Squad Hackers,” it said this morning via its Twitter account.
Play VideoYouTube DOWN – 503 internal server error as video streaming site not working for users all around the world
Sadly, the hacktivist group provided no further comment on what it claims to have done, and no kind of proof that its claims are true.
In 2016, it launched a coordinated campaign against CNN and other American media outlets, working in concert with fellow hacktivists Anonymous to launch denial-of-service attacks on news websites.
Throughout its short, nearly three-year existence, its preferred tactic has been the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
So assuming that its claims are true, it’s reasonable to suggest that this is what took down YouTube last night.
In such an attack, hackers use hundreds of thousands of IP addresses to bombard a website (such as YouTube) with unmanageable levels of traffic.
If the level of traffic is high enough, this will bring the website down, since it will be unable to process all the requests it receives.
But assuming that the Ghost Squad Hackers are behind the outage, what’s more elusive than the group’s methods are its motives.