What Happened to the Internet This Morning?


#1

The Atlantic:

What Happened to the Internet This Morning?

For more than two hours on Friday morning, much of the web seemed to grind to a halt—or at least slow to dial-up speed—for many users in the United States.More than a dozen major websites experienced outages and other technical problems, according to user reports and the web-tracking site downdetector.com. They included The New York Times, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit, GitHub, Etsy, Tumblr, Spotify, PayPal, Verizon, Comcast, EA, the Playstation network, and others.
How was it possible to take down all those sites at once?
Someone attacked the architecture that held them together—the domain-name system, or DNS, the technical network that redirects users from easy-to-remember addresses like theatlantic.com to a company’s actual web servers. The assault took the form of a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) on one of the major companies that provides other companies access to DNS. A DDoS attack is one in which an attacker floods sites “with so much junk traffic that it can no longer serve legitimate visitors,” as the security researcher Brian Krebs put it in a blog post Friday morning.

Dyn, a leading DNS provider, confirmed that it experienced a global denial-of-service attack on its “Managed DNS” infrastructure, causing service interruptions across the internet for people on the East Coast. “We have been aggressively mitigating the DDoS attack against our infrastructure,” Scott Hilton, a vice president at Dyn said in a statement provided by a spokesman. The issues had been mostly resolved by 9:20 a.m. Eastern Time, just over two hours after they first reported problems, he said. (Amazon also experienced problems with its hosting services, CNBC reported, but the company has not confirmed them.)
If it seems like there have been more of these sorts of outages lately, it’s because there have. “Recently, some of the major companies that provide the basic infrastructure that makes the Internet work have seen an increase in DDoS attacks against them,” the security technologist Bruce Schneier wrote in a blog post in September. “Moreover, they have seen a certain profile of attacks. These attacks are significantly larger than the ones they’re used to seeing. They last longer. They’re more sophisticated. And they look like probing.”

“Probing” refers to a specially calibrated kind of attack, one that’s designed to take advantage of an individual website’s precise security weaknesses. “We don’t know who is doing this, but it feels like a large nation state. China or Russia would be my first guesses,” Schneier wrote.
The stakes of such an attack—and the possibility of a state actor—seem especially high in the United States, given the extent of alleged outside tampering with the approaching presidential election.
In September, Krebs, the security researcher, also suffered a massive DDoS attack on his blog. It was so large, and so much bigger than historically comparable attacks, that internet-infrastructure company Akamai told him it could no longer host his blog pro bono, as it had for four years. (A spokesman for Akamai said none of its customers were affected by Friday’s attack.)

Maybe people will take cyber-security a little more seriously not that their game-playing and social media have been interrupted.


#2

I wonder who Hillary Clinton will blame it on ?


#3

cyberblackout.net

Cyber Blackout looks like a good and timely read.


#4

How much does the US election process depend on the internet?

Testing 1 2 3


#5

Ted Koppel: Before the cyber-blackout

To begin, a conclusion: The Internet, whatever its many virtues, is also a weapon of mass destruction.


#6

Thanks a lot Al Gore !


#7

Are you serious. Trump likes to blame others for everything. not once has he honestly and from the bottom of his heart taken the blame for something.


#8

Update, it’s happening again:
theatlantic.com/liveblogs/2016/10/news-today/504938/10133/?utm_source=atlfb


#9

Wonder who Trump will blame it on?


#10

Wasn’t implying she’d blame Trump.


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#12

Several websites I frequent are down now, but not Catholic Answers. :slight_smile: Does CAF have impenetrable security, or do the hackers not consider it a worthy target? :hmmm:


#13

My Netflix is down!! I demand the government DO something!!!


#14

The government is! Testing 1 2 3 Blackout!:wink:


#15

Maybe that’s why my Internet connect was so good this morning, all those Easterners aren’t using it & clogging up the Internet highways. :wink:


#16

Russia, of course!


#17

Abraham Lincoln. :wink:


#18

Of course! Its Hilarious how their hypocrisy continues. If Trump blames others, he’s a idiot that can’t take responsbility. Now Hillary is doubling down on “Its Russia” and now there is “real” concern! Give me a break!!!:slight_smile:


#19

She hasn’t actually blamed Russia or even commented on it that I’ve seen. :rolleyes:


#20

So now I need to take back all the bad things I said about Comcast this morning? Naaahhhhh.


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