Jun 17, 2021

Nick Merrill on the Threat of Cyberattacks on ‘CDNs’

From CNN Business

Two obscure service providers briefly broke the internet. It could happen again

By Clare Duffy

For the second time in 10 days, a giant chunk of the internet briefly broke because of an outage at a company most people have probably never heard of...

"Absolutely the biggest centralized point on the internet is these CDNs," making them a potential target for cybercriminals or government actors, Nick Merrill, research fellow at UC Berkeley's Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, said following the Fastly outage...

"People are really concerned rightly about antitrust issues in the tech space" Merrill said. "I don't think that CDNs are as visible to people, but they're probably the most important part of the core internet infrastructure that's been privatized and centralized."


Nick Merrill is an I School alumnus (Ph.D. 2018) and lecturer, and research fellow at the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity.

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October 12, 2021