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Massive DDoS cyber attacks against providers disrupts service to top sites

October 22, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Massive DDoS cyber attacks against providers disrupts service to top sites

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A wave of “coordinated” massive DDoS cyber attacks disrupted Internet traffic Friday, shutting down access for users along the East Coast to top sites including Netflix, Spotify, Reddit, and Twitter, on the service provider Dyn.

The cyber attacks came in two waves, the first occurring Friday morning.

“Starting at 11:10 UTC [7:10 EDT] on October 21st-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS [domain name system] infrastructure,” Dyn reported on its website.

Dyn said by 9:20 am, the engineers had resolved the attack. However, the company had to deal with the second wave of attacks that came later in the day, which once again disrupted service.

Around 1:53 p.m. EDT, the company released a message, which read: “Our engineers continue to investigate and mitigate several attacks aimed at the Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure.”

Dyn released similar messages throughout the afternoon indicating the attacks remained ongoing.

Snoopwall CEO Gary Miliefsky told Fox News in an email that attacks against DDoS aren’t uncommon and can easily be launched cheaply.

“Attacks have become so frequent and due to the massively deployed secret botnets (malware running on computers all over the globe), you can lease a DDoS attack against any target, like Dyn, for a very low cost,” Miliefsky.

He added, “with the exponential power of computing, one can build DoS equipment for less than $300.“

“DDoS” became the top trending topic, with tweets about the attack reaching over a 100,000 by Friday afternoon.

The cyber breach had many fearing it could be a dry run for an election day attack aimed at causing chaos across the nation.

The website WikiLeaks, who has published thousands of hack emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta, believes it’s supporters were responsible for Friday’s attacks.

After Wikileaks had released an email dump showing contents of Hillary Clinton’s speeches given to Goldman, the Ecuadorian government decided to shut down Internet service in its UK embassy Sunday, where its founder Julian Assange is currently residing.

As a result, Wikileaks urged followers to ‘stop attacking the US Internet providers, saying: “Mr. Assange is still alive, and WikiLeaks is still publishing.”

Law Enforcement officials said U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security had launched an urgent investigation into Friday’s cyber attacks amid rising fears it could be a precursor to a larger attack aimed at disrupting the upcoming Presidential Elections.

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