Friday, October 21, 2016

Netflix, PlayStation Network, and Twitter down as huge DDoS strike continues

A coordinated cyber-attack has hit a large sector of the internet, and that has made services like PlayStation Network, Netflix, and Twitter inaccessible for a significant number of people. Earlier today, a distributed denial-of-service assault hit domain name system (DNS) service Dyn. That is preventing many heavily trafficked sites from loading for people around the world.

That earlier attack subsided for a few hours, but it has returned and is affecting sites that serve millions of users and customers.

The DynDNS is one link in a chain that enables the internet to function. It enables your browser to understand that when you type something like “,” you want to go to a certain IP address. By assaulting the Dyn system, however, this cyberattack is preventing that connection from happening. Affected services include:

  1. Reddit
  2. Twitter
  3. Netflix
  4. Spotify
  5. PlayStation Network

But since these switchboards of the web are so interdependent, one going down can cause the others to collapse.

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