It was even announced the next target as the Russian government for committing alleged cyberattacks against the U.S. earlier this year. The same group in the past claimed responsibility for similar attacks against sites including ESPNFantasySports.com in September and the BBC on Dec. 31. A few years ago, most attackers were limited to infecting and recruiting home PCs. New internet-connected gadgets has vastly increased the pool of potential devices they can control and weaponize. Devices ranging from connected thermostats to security cameras and smart TVs have at this time little security measures implemented, making them easy targets for hackers. The signals sent online by such devices in this attack produced 620 billion bits per second compared to 256 billion bits per second of the previously known attacks.