Hackers Target DYN Causing Many Websites To Have Issues In Morning Assault

DYN Point Of Targeted Attack By Hackers

Earlier this morning, it was reported that several websites were having issues or down. Some of the more notable sites who experienced these issues were Twitter, Reddit and Spotify as hackers unleashed a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn per Gizmodo.

How it works is that the Domain Name Service or DNS is functions like an address book for the internet. In order for a web user to go to a site it has to go through the DNS as it facilitates the request. So if Twitter’s DNS is down, then it’s going to be hard to tweet about your favorite food or use those lovely hashtags.

Here’s the release from Dyn:

“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.”

DYN outage map

Dyn also said that the impact is only affecting the eastern coast of the United States but the amount of websites that it is affecting is a lot.

Here’s the list via Gizmodo:

ActBlue
Basecamp
Big cartel
Box
Business Insider
CNN
Cleveland.com
Esty
Github
Grubhub
Guardian.co.uk
HBO Now
Iheart.com (iHeartRadio)
Imgur
Intercom
Intercom.com
Okta
PayPal
People.com
Pinterest
Playstation Network
Recode
Reddit
Spotify
Squarespace Customer Sites
Starbucks rewards/gift cards
Storify.com
The Verge
Twillo
Twitter
Urbandictionary.com (lol)
Weebly
Wired.com
Wix Customer Sites
Yammer
Yelp
Zendesk.com
Zoho CRM

These are just some of the websites that have had known coverage issues today but there’s no word on whether any financial institutes would have been affected in the attack.

As for now, DYN has said that it has resolved the issues and is going to monitor the situation moving forward.

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Thomas Fernandez is the managing editor for Sports Talk Florida and News Talk Florida. He started his career in media by covering the NHL and the Tampa Bay Lightning. After covering the NHL for two years, he hopped on board the news cycle and has been covering both sports and news for the last year. He has covered major sporting events as well as politics which affects the Florida audience. Thomas is a Tampa native and graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor of arts in Public Relations.