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Many Websites Go Down After DDoS Attack

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Melody Bot, Oct 21, 2016.

  1. Melody Bot

    Your friendly little forum bot. Staff Member

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    Quite a few websites and services (Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, etc.) are down today after a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the DNS provider Dyn occurred this morning. Gizmodo has the full list of sites and more information:

    Domain Name Servers (DNS) act as the internet’s phone book. Basically, they facilitate your request to go to a certain webpage and make sure you are taken to the right place. If the DNS provider that handles requests for Twitter is down, well, good luck getting to Twitter. Some websites are coming back for some users, but it doesn’t look like the problem is fully resolved.

  2. carlosonthedrums

    Cooler than a polar bear's toenails Prestigious

    This is actually pretty unnerving. Also, why the NHL? What did hockey ever do to anyone except be awesome?
    Davjs and amorningofsleep like this.
  3. amorningofsleep

    No-rope barbed wire Jones

    This was the one that pissed me off the most. This is officially a terrorist attack.
    carlosonthedrums likes this.
  4. Turkeylegz


    PayPal is down. bummer. no frivolous spending today.
    coleslawed and Carmensaopaulo like this.
  5. bmir14

    Trusted Supporter

    Walked to work without listening to music today. I survived, but man.
  6. AndrewSoup

    It's A Secret To Everyone Prestigious

    hm, was wondering what was up with Twitter
  7. PandaBear!

    Trusted Prestigious

    everything seems to be ok for me? Also, what is a DDOS attack? Cyber-terrorism?
  8. SmithBerryCrunch

    Trusted Prestigious

    Distributed Denial of Service attack. Basically the attacker floods the host with a lot of requests in order to overload the server/website.
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  9. Strikegently

    close cover, strike gently

    The attack was against a Dyn, a DNS provider, not these websites directly.

    Distributed Denial Of Service attack. It's just flooding the target with more requests than it can handle.
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  10. iam1bearcat

    i'm writing a book, leave me alone.

    Having issues logging into Amazon video services and getting the DDoS indicator
  11. skogsraet

    Trusted Supporter

    Pretty glad I stopped using Spotify because lord knows I couldn't make it through the morning without streaming
  12. coleslawed

    Eat Pizza

    does this mean anything for users of those websites other than an inconvenience?
  13. mercury

    modern-day offspring fanatic Supporter

    The short answer is probably not - by themselves, DDoS attacks don't typically compromise user data.

    It's concerning that a DDoS attack on a single DNS provider is having such a widespread effect though, and symptomatic of a larger problem - that security is typically an afterthought for a lot of tech companies.
  14. Transient_Hymn

    Somebody Turn the Neon Down Supporter

    Made me so happy I still have my iTunes stocked. Would have been a dark day.