Was this a retaliation for cutting off Wikileaks’ internet? Or was this a probe, a test of a something before a really big attack?
UPDATE: Twitter has been down in at least portions of the Southwest and West Coast since 9: 25 AM PST….developing
Excerpted From Mashable: Sites across the internet had problems on Friday morning following a cyberattack on a major internet management company.
On Friday morning, Dyn — a company that hosts domain name systems — announced it has been the subject of a cyberattack that caused major problems for numerous websites. People reported issues with Twitter, Spotify, SoundCloud, Vox Media sites, Airbnb and numerous other sites.
Domain name systems (DNS) are essentially the GPS of the internet, taking the text URLs you type into a browser and figuring out where those websites’ data is located on the back end. So when you type mashable.com in a browser, it shows you both the real Mashable and can quickly and easily locate the nearest server that hosts the site’s data.
The attack was resolved as of 9:20 a.m. EST, Dyn said.
Writing on its website, Dyn said that starting at about 7 a.m. EST, 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.”
The source of the attack Friday was not immediately clear.