Profile image
Story Views

Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:

UPDATE! – Now West Coast Being Hit Also – East Coast Under Cyber Attack, Massive Outages Reported Across A Variety Of Platforms

Friday, October 21, 2016 12:17
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.


October 21, 2015 By Susan Duclos – All News PipeLine


The U.S. east coast suffered a massive Internet attack this morning, October 21, 2016, causing sweeping outages across a number of platforms including Google, Paypal, Netflix, Twitter, Spotify and a host of others.

The apparent cause according to Techcrunch  this was a DDOS attack against DNS provider Dyn. DDoS is a type of DOS attack where multiple compromised systems, which are often infected with a Trojan, are used to target a single system causing a Denial of Service (DoS) attack.

Other sites experiencing issues include Box, Boston Globe, New York Times, Github, Airbnb, Reddit, Freshbooks, Heroku and Vox Media properties. Users accessing these sites might have more or less success depending on where they’re located, as some European and Asian users seem not to be encountering these issues.

Dyn says that the DDOS attack affecting its customers is mostly impacting the U.S. East coast, and specifically Managed DNS customers. Engineers are working on “mitigating” the issue, according the DNS provider.

Down Detector outage maps from a number of the aforementioned sites, show the affected area is the east coast as shown in the screen shots of those maps below, giving a visual of how widespread the damage has been throughout the morning.






Dyn has issued a statement:

This morning, October 21, Dyn received a global DDoS attack on our Managed DNS infrastructure in the east coast of the United States. DNS traffic resolved from east coast name server locations are experiencing a service degradation or intermittent interruption during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.

Upon recognition, active mitigation protocols were initiated and have been working to resolve the issues.

Customers with questions or concerns are encouraged to check our status page for updates and reach out to our Technical Support Team.

Readers in the affected areas of the east may also have had issues accessing the comment section at ANP, as most of the morning the only way I could access the comment section was directly through the Disqus moderation dashboard because the comments would not show on individual articles and when attempting to hit reply via the email notifications, the following message occurred.



While there is no word yet on who is behind these attacks against the east coast of the U.S., it does hammer home why stories about how the CIA is planning cyber attacks against Russia, which was reported by NBC News just a week ago, can lead to retaliation, which could end up far worse than what those living on the east coast that were affected by this mornings attack, experienced.

In the day and age of the internet, cyber attacks can be just as devastating and dangerous as physical attacks.

[UPDATE] DYN says service has been restored.

[UPDATE #2] Cyber attacks have begun again but this time the Down Detector screen shots all show outages on the east AND west coast… some sample screencaps below:





Gordon says:

Remarkably similar map

If you live in a green, orange, or purple zone on this map Hillary Clinton told russia that they can nuke you before we can respond, last night when she leaked our nuclear response time. This map is based on ICBM/SLBM travel times. (

Might as well blame Putin, eh! And don’t forget that a Russian aircraft carrier is heading down the North Sea right now making its way through the English Channel and on into the Med steering for Syria . Interesting.



We encourage you to Share our Reports, Analyses, Breaking News and Videos. Simply Click your Favorite Social Media Button and Share.

Report abuse


Your Comments
Question Razz Sad Evil Exclaim Smile Redface Biggrin Surprised Eek Confused Cool LOL Mad Twisted Rolleyes Wink Idea Arrow Neutral Cry Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories



Top Global

Top Alternative




Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.