On Friday morning, there was a massive cyber attack on Dyn, Inc., an internet service provider. The attack appears to have been focused on the East Coast, but problems extended worldwide, as shown in various maps from the attack's reach. Internet users on the East Coast encountered the most issues this morning, with popular websites like Twitter, Reddit, and Spotify hit with widespread problems. Central and eastern parts of Texas were also impacted, as well as some areas in Europe, India, and Japan.
Basically, residents of the northeastern United States were likely to encounter some hurdles when trying to access their Twitter feeds, Spotify tracks, Reddit conversations, and the like. Thankfully, Dyn indicates that the issues have been worked out.
Earlier, Scott Hilton, executive vice president of products at Dyn, further explained the attack in a statement to Bustle:
This morning, October 21, Dyn received a global DDoS attack on our Managed DNS infrastructure in the east coast of the United States. DNS traffic resolved from east coast name server locations are experiencing a service degradation or intermittent interruption during this time.during this time. We have been aggressively mitigating the DDoS attack against our infrastructure. Services have been restored to normal as of 13:20 UTC.
Customers with questions or concerns are encouraged to check our status page for updates and reach out to our Technical Support Team.
As of now, there is no definitive information on where the cyber attacks originated. The United States did relinquish oversight control of DNS to an international group, as of Oct. 1, 2016. But given that DDoS attacks — like the one perpetrated this morning — are a common tactic, there is no reason right now to assume a link between the two.
Whatever the motivation for the cyber attack, the problems appear to be resolved.