At around 7:00am Eastern Time, Twitter users noticed that they could no longer access their favorite Tweets or accounts. New York Times readers were facing the same problem, along with popular sites such as eBay, Spotify, Reddit and hundreds of others.
Reports are surfacing that these outages were caused by a massive cyber attack on a New Hampshire based DNS service called Dyn. This company is responsible for translating the IP addresses of websites into their domain names. For example, Twitter.com is actually hosted by an IP address, but thanks to Domain Name Servers, users can type in a web address rather than a series of numbers.
We are aware of the ongoing service interruption of our Managed DNS network. For more information visit our status page.
— Dyn (@Dyn) October 21, 2016
The outage primarily effected the east coast and lasted for approxiamtely an hour.
Here your Twitter problem. (Level3 outage map) pic.twitter.com/yzqfYuH33b
— Tom Leyden (@newshawk) October 21, 2016
Dyn released the following statement on their website:
“Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21st-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our…infrastructure.” This attack is mainly impacting US East and is impacting…customers in this region.”
This attack just happen to occur 2 days after the final presidential debate, where Hillary Clinton again blamed the Russians for all of the Democratic party’s recent woes regarding Wikileaks.
Cue Hillary Clinton and the media blaming the Russians in 3…2…1…