A wave of Friday cyberattacks on a New Hampshire-based internet firm took down a number of popular websites on the east coast — including Twitter, Netflix, Visa and Spotify.
The firm, Dyn, Inc., said its infrastructure was hit by “distributed denial-of-service” attacks on Friday morning — which affected its internet traffic management for the websites, according to the Associated Press. Dyn serves 6 percent of U.S. Fortune 500 companies — so the outage was felt widely.
The company became aware of the attacks starting around 7 a.m. Eastern, and its services were restored by about 9 a.m. — but another attack came a few hours later.
Uh oh, we’re having some issues right now and investigating. We’ll keep you updated!
— Spotify Status (@SpotifyStatus) October 21, 2016
The earlier issues have resurfaced & some people may still be having trouble accessing Twitter. We’re working on it! https://t.co/1soA6QV9mH
— Twitter Support (@Support) October 21, 2016
The attack is a troubling example of hacks that could become more frequent, the AP reported:
In a widely shared essay titled “Someone Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet,” respected security expert Bruce Schneier said last month that major internet infrastructure companies were seeing a series of worrying denial-of-service attacks.
“Someone is extensively testing the core defensive capabilities of the companies that provide critical internet services,” he said.
The attack is “consistent with record-setting sized cyberattacks seen in the last few weeks,” Carl Herberger, vice president of security at Radware, told USA Today.
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