Major DDoS Attacks
Major DDoS Attacks brought down huge websites in North America

Major DDoS Attacks bring down major websites, the exact scale and reasons are yet unknown

Major DDoS Attacks brought down huge websites in North America. A global distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Dyn’s DNS infrastructure made numerous online services inaccessible for a large number of users, particularly those living on the east coast of the US.

The websites that were hit, have been inaccessible to many users throughout the day. The outages are the result of several distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on the DNS provider Dyn, the company confirmed. The outages were first reported on Hacker News. These major DDoS attacks mainly impacting US East and Managed DNS customers in that region.  It took more than 2 hours to restore services.

Who got hit by these major DDoS Attacks?

Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify, Netflix, Reddit, Pagerduty, Shopify, Disqus, Freshbooks, Vox Media, PayPal, Etsy, Github, Heroku, Time, PlayStation, the Intercom app and more.  Amazon Web Services was also impacted by the Dyn’s temporary collapse and said: “Between 4:31 AM and 6:10 AM PDT, we experienced errors resolving the DNS hostnames used to access some AWS services in the US-EAST-1 Region.

Previously the biggest major DDoS attacks were on cybersecurity researcher Brian Krebs, (measuring at 620 Gbps) then, that record was broken by an attack on French hosting firm OVH. Many of these latest attacks took over IoT devices such as routers and cameras to flood the target’s systems. Last month, a hacker known as ’Anna_Senpai’ released the source code for Mirai, a tool that uses IoT devices for DDoS attacks.

Dyn’s general counsel Dave Allen added that, with the help of other infrastructure companies Akamai and Flashpoint, Dyn has determined that some of the traffic used in the attacks comes from the Mirai botnet, a network of infected Internet of Things devices used in other recent large-scale DDoS attacks.

Major DDoS Attacks
Source: Level 3 Outage Map

Additional websites that experienced issues included Box, Boston Globe, New York Times, Github, Airbnb, Reddit, Freshbooks, Heroku and Vox Media properties. The major DDoS attacks contained “specific nuance to parts of Dyn’s infrastructure

The White House press secretary told members of the press this morning that the Department of Homeland Security is looking into the attacks. Dyn employees said the company is working with law enforcement to investigate the attacks and has received support from customers, competitors, and the State Department.

More here [techcrunch] and [polygon] and [datacenerdynamics]

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