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‘Massive’ Cyberattack Hits U.S. Servers, Affects Twitter, Reddit and Other Sites
Posted on Oct 21, 2016
Update, 6 p.m. PDT: Dyn has now posted a “Preliminary Findings Report” on its website. It states:
“The complexity of the attacks is what is making it so difficult for us,” Kyle York, the company’s chief strategy officer, told The New York Times. “What they are actually doing is moving around the world with each attack.”
The New York Times also provided additional details on the method used to attack Dyn. “The data flood came from tens of millions of different Internet-connected machines — including increasingly popular but highly insecure household devices such as web-connected cameras,” the newspaper reported. “It was an onslaught whose global shifts suggested a sophisticated attacker, though Dyn said it had neither suspect nor motive.”
According to The Associated Press, “a shadowy collective that calls itself New World Hackers claimed responsibility for the attack” and engaged with AP reporters directly. “We didn’t do this to attract federal agents, only test power,” New World Hackers told one reporter via a direct message on Twitter. The claim has not yet been verified, although the hacker group said more than 10 of its members were responsible for shutting down Dyn.
Update, 1:19 p.m. PDT: Dyn has posted the following update on its website:
“Our engineers are continuing to investigate and mitigate several attacks aimed against the Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure.”
12:30 p.m. PDT: A large-scale cyberattack hit one of America’s largest Domain Name System (DNS) providers Friday morning, temporarily shutting down websites such as Reddit, Twitter and Spotify.
Reuters adds that the attack was “mainly affecting users on the U.S. East Coast.” It continues:
Gizmodo provides a brief explanation of DNS technology:
Gizmodo also includes a running list of websites that internet users aren’t able to access.
Stay tuned for updates on this story.
—Posted by Emma Niles
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