Internet Problems? Cyber Attack Hits The United States

Posted: Oct 21 2016, 11:05am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 21 2016, 12:51pm CDT, in News | Also on the Geek Mind

 

Internet Problems? Cyber Attack Hits the United States
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Netflix, Twitter, and PayPal are just some of the sites affected by the attack.

If you had trouble getting on the internet today, you were far from alone. Many popular sites had problems with connections on Friday morning following a cyber attack on Dyn, a major internet management company. 

The company hosts domain name systems, according to Mashable, and has been the victim of the attack. Some of the websites they represent include SoundCloud, Spotify, Twitter, and Airbnb DNS systems. 

Domain name systems (DNS - what the attack went after) is the GPS of the internet. It allows you to locate the data of the website, making them load much more quickly. If there is an era, the website often won't load at all. At best, it will go extremely slowly.

The attack was resolved by the company at 9:20 AM. 

On its website, Dyn aid that the company  "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" at 7 AM.

 DDoS stands for "distributed denial of service" and is a common tactic used by hackers to take down internet-connected servers. In a DDoS attack, malicious users build a network of computers that then send massive amounts of traffic to particular servers with the goal of denying the use of those servers to other users, according to Cisco.

 Who or what the attack was targeting wasn't immediately clear.

"Hackers have no rules. One of the problems we have is that they move much faster than cyber-defenders. A DDoS attack can be launched in literally seconds, or under an hour if it's coordinated by a larger group," Steven Morgan, founder of the research firm Cybersecurity Ventures, told Mashable. "Right now, we're in the phase of figuring out where did this come from."

 The cyber attack will likely be blamed on Russia until we have proof, as they have been accused of leading hacks and attacks against the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton.

“The internet continues to rely on protocols and infrastructure designed before cyber security was an issue. DDoS, especially with the rise of insecure IOT devices, will continue to plague our organizations," Ben Johnson, a chief security strategist for Carbon Black, told Mashable. "Sadly, what we are seeing is only the beginning in terms of large scale botnets and disproportionate damage done.”

 While the attack affected the east coast more, it could be because people on the west coast weren't awake yet.

Update: The DDoS attack continues at Dyn targeting DYN managed DNS infrastructure.

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

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