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This Is Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today (10-21-16) - October 22, 2016, 12:04 AM

This Is Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today


Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.

Update 4:22 PM EST: Looks like this is probably going to get even worse before it gets any better. Dyn says they are being hit with a third wave of attacks. Dyn told CNBC the attack is “well planned and executed, coming from tens of millions IP addresses at same time.”

Update 12:28 PM EST: Dyn says it is investigating yet another attack, causing the same massive outages experienced this morning. Based on emails from Gizmodo readers, this new wave of attacks seems to be affecting the West Coast of the United States and Europe. It’s so far unclear how the two attacks are related, but the outages are very similar.

In order to understand how one DDoS attack could take out so many websites, you have to understand how Domain Name Servers (DNS) work. Basically, they act as the Internet’s phone book and 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.


Today's Brutal DDoS Attack Is the Beginning of a Bleak Future

This morning a ton of websites and services, including Spotify and Twitter, were unreachable…
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Dyn posted this update on its website: “Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th-Friday 2016 we 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.”


The FBI and Homeland Security Are Investigating Today's Giant Cyber Attack

According to a new report from Reuters, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are…
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Here’s a list of websites that readers have told us they are having trouble accessing:

ActBlue
Basecamp
Big cartel
Box
Business Insider
CNN
Cleveland.com
Etsy
Github
Grubhub
Guardian.co.uk
HBO Now
Iheart.com (iHeartRadio)
Imgur
Intercom
Intercom.com
Okta
PayPal
People.com
Pinterest
Playstation Network
Recode
Reddit
Seamless
Spotify
Squarespace Customer Sites
Starbucks rewards/gift cards
Storify.com
The Verge
Twillo
Twitter
Urbandictionary.com (lol)
Weebly
Wired.com
Wix Customer Sites
Yammer
Yelp
Zendesk.com
Zoho CRM
Credit Karma
Eventbrite
Netflix
NHL.com
Fox News
Disqus
Shopify
Soundcloud
Atom.io
Ancersty.com
ConstantContact
Indeed.com
New York Times
Weather.com
WSJ.com
time.com
xbox.com
dailynews.com
Wikia
donorschoose.org
Wufoo.com
Genonebiology.com
BBC
Elder Scrolls Online
Eve Online
PagerDuty
Kayak
youneedabudget.com
Speed Test
Freshbooks
Braintree
Blue Host
Qualtrics
SBNation
Salsify.com
Zillow.com
nimbleschedule.com
Vox.com
Livestream.com
IndieGoGo
Fortune
CNBC.com
FT.com
Survey Monkey
Paragon Game
Runescape
Here’s an internet outage map from DownDetector as of 12:46 PM EST:




Here’s a gif that shows the internet outage at 9:00 AM EST versus 12:30 PM EST:






At the time of publication Dyn said that it was still dealing with the problem.

What websites are down for you? Send a tip to william.turton@gizmodo.com.

Update 9:05 AM EST: Judging by emails from readers, this problem seems to be getting worse.

Update 9:43 AM EST: Dyn says the issue has been resolved.

Update 12:19 PM EST: Dyn says the issue is resolved, but multiple readers are messaging me to say they’re still having trouble accessing websites.

Update 12:25pm EST: It’s happening again. (see above)


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October 22, 2016, 09:44 AM

I heard webworkadmin.com and thanksfornothing.org were also affected.
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Yeah imgur seems to have crashed. Reddit is pretty slow. What will I do without them?!


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The DYN DNS servers got smashed.

Fun and games for all the ISPs.


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Yeah imgur seems to have crashed. Reddit is pretty slow. What will I do without them?!
Wait that's not normal?


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October 22, 2016, 04:47 PM

It's surprising to me that an attack on a single (albeit large) DNS provider could bring down so much interwebs. I thought there was more redundancy in the infrastructure or at least more managed DNS providers servicing these large websites than a company primarily working out of an old mill building in Manchester, NH. Guess it show how little I know about network infrastructure.
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October 22, 2016, 05:41 PM

same here man....kind of funny.

when "The strain" first aired...the skinny gothic chic and her team of hackers were paid to bring down the internet so no one could see the vampiric take over of NY.

I was like...BULLSHIIIIT.... you cant bring down the web you dummies.

well....
Now look at whos the dummy


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Here's a website to give you an idea of the constant nature of attacks and the frequency of huge ones. Pick a date on the timeline and hit play to watch what happens day after day...

Digital Attack Map

It looks like digital Armageddon a lot of the time.


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The internet's infrastructure and backbone are a lot more fragile than people think.

It has far less redundancy than it should, and simple script kiddie attacks from programs like Low Earth Orbit Ion Cannon can cripple a website.

When done on a massive coordinated level, and most of these are coordinated in the dark web, against a single critical point - this is what you get.



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