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A Massive Cyberattack Is Taking Down Major Websites Across The Internet (Video)

Friday, October 21, 2016 12:36
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Internet users around the world, but mostly in the US, reported that some top websites were not loading on Friday morning.

The affected sites include Amazon, Twitter, Netflix, Etsy, Github, and Spotify.

The issue is currently ongoing.

It was mostly resolved at 9:20 a.m. ET, but at 12:07 p.m. ET, the issue started to crop up again, according to one of the companies at the center of the apparent cyber attack. 

The issue appears to have something to do with DNS hosts — in particular, Dyn, one of the biggest DNS companies.

Domain Name Servers are a core part of the internet’s backbone. They translate what you type into your browser —, for example — into IP addresses that computers can understand.

Dyn said on Friday that it suffering a DDoS attack, or a distributed denial of service. That basically means hackers are overwhelming Dyn’s servers with useless data and repeated load requests, preventing useful data — the Twitter IP address, for example — from getting through.

No group has taken credit for the DDoS attack yet. The Department of Homeland Security is monitoring the attack, Politico’s Eric Geller reports. 

The second round of attacks seems to effect the West Coast of the US and Europe as well. If you’re having issues, one way to address the issue is to switch the DNS servers your computer looks for to those maintained by OpenDNS.

Here’s a walkthrough and here’s Apple’s support page

Here’s how the day has unfolded, according to Dyn, the company being attacked. 

7:10 a.m. ET: 

“Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.”

8:45 a.m. ET:

“This attack is mainly impacting US East and is impacting Managed DNS customer in this region. Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue.”

9:36 a.m. ET

“Services have been restored to normal as of 13:20 UTC.”

 As of 12:06 p.m. ET, the attack had returned:

“As of 15:52 UTC, we have begun monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue.”

12:48 p.m. ET: 

“This DDoS attack may also be impacting Dyn Managed DNS advanced services with possible delays in monitoring. Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue.”

1:53 p.m. ET: 

“Our engineers continue to investigate and mitigate several attacks aimed against the Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure.”

2:23 p.m. ET: 

“Dyn Managed DNS advanced service monitoring is currently experiencing issues. Customers may notice incorrect probe alerts on their advanced DNS services. Our engineers continue to monitor and investigate the issue.” 

2:52 p.m. ET: 

“At this time, the advanced service monitoring issue has been resolved. Our engineers are still investigating and mitigating the attacks on our infrastructure.”

CNBC reported that Amazon investigated the issue as well. “Amazon & DynDNS investigating internet outage reports on east coast of U.S. amid reports of major websites not working properly,” it somehow tweeted.

Earlier this month, the United States transferred its oversight of DNS to an international non-profit group, a move that had been more than 20 years in the making. 

Here’s a map of reported outages as of 9:20 a.m. ET, via Down Detector:

DNS issues Level3/Down Detector

Here’s a map of reported outages as of 2:16 p.m. ET:

DDoS Down Detector

According to Hacker News and reports, some of the sites affected include:


- Twitter

- Etsy

- Github

- Soundcloud

- Spotify

- Heroku

- Pagerduty

- Shopify

- Okta

- Zendesk

- Business Insider



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  • Maggie

    Of course this happens just AFTER obama hands over the internet to a global company.

    • freedomringsforall


      Exactly what i was going to say

      The internationalist scum now have the communications control they have always wanted.
      He had to do it before the election so they —–

  • JKnTX

    Must be them durn blasted Russians and them Chicoms! We just gotta go to war right this second!

  • LindaJoyAdams

    Homeland Security now in charge of health care systems for HHS. since Friday.. We found our Medicare records completely iin melt down of differing info at different regional sites. Its was insecure before, but this far beyond ones primary payer getting the contractor to alter info to get out of paying. The national data base has never been under the HIPPAA law and everyone is in it now, and its a deadly mess of typos, and other patients records co mingled, etc. I have 4 others records mixed with mine I am aware of.
    Maria Garcia’ in HOUSTON has 300 co mingled and especially er’s use it for medical treatment and I later had a specially used it and got the wrong kind of medication. One hospital wrote of a few years ago. and Congress has still now done anything since the COUP OF 2002 for government contractors to again be internally audits and criminal acts prosecuted. Contractors of the govt have created insecure systems so they could enable theft etc Congress has know of this deadly mess since a study done in 2007 on wrongful death malpractice suit causes and this unprotected data base that we are all in was pointed to as the main culprit…. not a drunk doctor, etc. HAVE SOME OF YOUR BASIC MEDICAL INFO ON YOU IS WHAT I ADVISE AND I HAVE DONE THIS FOR YEARS SINCE I FOUND OUT ABOUT THE DATA BASE AFTER A CLOSE CALL IN AN ER in 2007.. Linda Joy Adams

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