Has the United States just suffered the biggest cyberattack in history?
On Tuesday (June 15), hundreds of thousands of people across states experienced mobile phone service dropouts. Unable to make calls or send texts, customers across the country took to social media to complain about the outage.
Soon after, the topic started to become a trending trend on Twitter and soon reports announced that the United States had been hit by the “biggest cyberattack in history.” This naturally caused some panic among smartphone users in the United States, as rumors that the Chinese government was involved circulated in cyberspace.
An anonymous Twitter user with 6.5 million followers drastically fueled the flames by tweeting a map of the globe that appeared to show something sinister was going on.
– Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) June 15, 2020
But was it really an act of cyberterrorism? Well, the short answer is no.
The root of the problem actually goes back to T-Mobile, which ran into issues with its cellular network on Tuesday afternoon. And that’s what has caused many customers to experience connectivity issues across the country.
Mike Sievert, CEO of T-Mobile, issued a statement later that day, who said: “T-Mobile encountered a voice and text issue that intermittently affected customers in US markets
“This is an IP traffic issue that created significant capacity issues in the core network throughout the day.”
The issue was resolved in the early hours of Wednesday morning (June 16) and phone service has now returned to normal throughout the United States.
However, this incident illustrates how quickly rumors and conspiracy theories can spread online. And in this age of fake news, it’s more important than ever to remain vigilant and use viable sources to verify outlandish claims.
Cyber Security Specialist at ESET, Jake Moore, commented, “Rumors have spread like wildfire on the Internet, and it’s usually horror stories like this that travel the fastest. Fact-checking before sharing is essential, but because it takes time, many people tend to just read a headline. before sharing it, which adds fuel to the fire. “