Oct 21 2016

DNS Provider Dyn Suffers Massive DDoS Attack

The Friday morning attack briefly knocked out service to Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Reddit, Etsy, SoundCloud, The New York Times and other websites.

Dyn, a major domain name system host that monitors and routes internet traffic, suffered a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack Friday morning, as the New York Times reports.

The DDoS attack temporarily shut off access to Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Box, Github, Airbnb, Reddit, Etsy, SoundCloud, The Times and other websites.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the attack started at around 7:10 a.m. Eastern time on Friday, and Dyn said its services were running again around 9:20 a.m. The company didn’t disclose the source of the attack, the Journal noted. 

Dyn said on its website that the attack mainly impacted customers in the U.S. East Coast and hit its managed DNS customers in the region.

Meanwhile, the Journal reports: "Security experts say denial of service attacks have grown more powerful over the past year. A sustained assault on the website of security researcher Brian Krebs last month broke records partly because the network that launched it used hundreds of thousands of connected cameras, digital video recorders and other 'smart' devices, according to website defender Akamai Technologies Inc."