Red Dwarf wrote: November 7
For the past week, Protonmail has been hit with a DDOS attack, thought to be consistent with the methodology usually employed by state actors rather than your common garden variety script kiddies.
Let's see if we can make some sense of this.
Six email encryption services came under simultaneous DDOS attacks, causing them to go down for varying periods of time. The attacks carried on until November 11.
On November 12 and 13 there were 3 simultaneous terrorist attacks, in Paris, Beirut and Istanbul, although that last one was detected and foiled.
Here is a possible and credible interpretation.
Leading up to November 4 there were interceptions made on email communications that revealed plans for pending terrorist attacks in some major cities. Then the communications went "dark". Interceptions based on senders and recipients were suddenly unsuccessful due to an encryption which could not be broken, because they started using one or more of the most popular encryption services. To ensure a continuation of successful interceptions, it was necessary to quickly shut down all of the top encryption service providers, so that more intelligence could be gathered on the "who, where and when" for these forthcoming attacks.
Intelligence had already determined that Paris was a target, which explains why it was on high alert, and why a practice drill for a multi-location terrorist attack was taking place in Paris on the morning of the actual attacks that took place in the evening.
I don't believe in coincidences.