Reddit, Twitter, Github Might Be Down For You Because Of A DDoS Attack

Posted: Oct 21 2016, 8:30am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 21 2016, 12:51pm CDT, in News | Technology News

 

Reddit, Twitter, Github Might Be Down For You Because of a DDoS Attack
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Internet users on the east coast might be affected by an outage of major sites because of an DDOS attack.

A DNS service is under a DDOS attack causing major sites to be unreachable including Reddit, Twitter and Github. The attacked DNS service provider is Dyn, Inc.

According to Dyn the attack started at 7:10 am ET this morning. This attack is mainly impacting customers in the US East and is impacting managed DNS customers in this region. Dyn's engineers are still busy mitigating this issue.

Update 2: The DDoS attack continues at Dyn targeting DYN managed DNS infrastructure. The new wave of DDoS was detected at 11:52am ET.

Changing your DNS settings might help work around the outage caused by the DDoS attack.

Try the DNS servers of:

OpenDNS 208.67.222.222, 208.67.220.220

google: 8.8.8.8, 8.8.4.4

Level 3: 4.2.2.1, 4.2.2.4

Update 1: Dyn has restored its services as of 9:20am ET. Dyn is updating about its service status here.

DDoS attacks at DNS services are effective in taking down not just one site. DNS is still one of the most vulnerable parts of the internet infrastructure.

Other sites reported to be affected by this DDoS attack on Friday morning are Etsy, New York Times, Spotify, Soundcloud, AirBnB, Shopify and many more.

The outage caused by the DDoS attack is only an issue if your are located at the east coast of the United States. Everything is working fine from where I am. Reddit's top front story is a 1972 Datsun 240z and Pokemon donuts from Krispy Kreme in Korea. So you do not miss much if you are affected by the outage.

Who is behind this DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack is not know. It is also not know what the motivation behind the attack is.

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