Wikipedia went offline in various countries after a Cyber Attack

We are living among the generation that prefers social media platforms. Every passing second a new technology is introduced and replaces the previous versions. Some users at first tend to move against the new changes but eventually, end up adapting according to the changes. A majority of companies work on developing new products and services to engage its audience and to make its users more dependent on its products. Now whether is a new shirt we want to look for or some new camera accessory, users pretty much go to social media platforms to look for recommendations instead of real persons. The rise of the internet is making users lives a lot easier by providing each and every service all within a few taps on the screen. Different clothing or other variety of brands now offer digital platforms for users to purchase products while sitting at home. Whether it is the e-commerce sites or the social media platforms to chat with friends from far away locations, Internet covers it all.

Despite the fact that the internet provides a huge opportunity for users to engage with a variety of brands and search relevant information all by clicking on the phone and receiving millions of results within a few seconds. But along with so many opportunities, these websites can also become a victim of cybercrimes. Yes, it is real. Along with companies working to provide new technologies to users, there are also hackers working to build new strategies to access or violate users’ privacy without their consent.

Over the past years, so many digital platforms became a victim of cyberattacks which resulted in compromised information of millions of users. With every new technology, hackers also adapt and change accordingly. New phishing strategies are being implemented every passing second and it affects users more than the companies. Although so many companies try to overcome these malicious attacks by building more secure platforms but all it takes is a few second of ignorance for a hacker to get access to any platforms. Hackers try to find any loophole in the social platforms and then manipulate it into accessing user information without its consent.

Attack on Wikipedia

Recently, Wikipedia went offline after a malicious attack and we are worried about it. Wikipedia is one of the largest and the most popular online website that users use for references and to get information on a massive amount of topics. After this attack, this popular website went offline in multiple countries. The attack on the Wikipedia page was displayed as a malicious attack which affected the server of Wikimedia foundation that hosts the website. The server suffered an attack of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) which affected the site massively.

In a tweet last week, the Wikipedia organization’s German account released to its users that the server of the Wikimedia foundation was a victim of Distributive Denial of Service which affected the site. The Wikimedia Foundation also revealed to its users that the most popular website Wikipedia online encyclopedia has been receiving attacks on the sites for a very long time and the team behind were working day and night to restore the access to the platform. The attacks of Distributed Denial of Service involve legions of zombie computers - the machines which are infected by viruses and have been tasked to simultaneously visit a website. The huge amount of traffic by the tasked computers can result in slowing the service of servers or completely making it go offline.

According to Wikimedia, the breach affects each and every person because it completely increases the risk of easy access to every person’s information. In recent years, popular internet platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Google have also been a victim of cyber-attacks and the battle still continues.

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