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 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:
Squarespace Customer Sites
Starbucks rewards/gift cards
Wix Customer Sites
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.