Cyber attacks take down half the Internet

Homeland security "looking into all potential causes"

A big chunk of the Internet went down today.

Access to popular websites Amazon, Ebay, Netflix, Reddit, Spotify, and Twitter were cut today following two waves of hacker attacks against one of the world’s largest Internet traffic companies.  

In a message posted on their website, Internet Performance Management company Dyn acknowledged a distributed denial of service attack (DDos) happening twice between 7:10 and again 9:30am eastern time. 

“Starting at 11:10 UTC (7 a.m. EDT) 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.”

It is currently unclear who is behind the attack but the US Department of Homeland Security says is monitoring the situation. We will post updates here as they become available.

Image Courtesy of Andrew Hart

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