Terrible DDoS Attack Hit Major Websites Like Amazon, Twitter & Netflix

The website is down! I repeat, the website is down!

DDoS attack on websites

When we heard the news about the recent breakdown that hit Internet on Friday, we were forced to be in a state of trauma. This time big names like Amazon, Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Tumblr, Dropbox, Pinterest, and many more have been compromised by a terrible DDoS attack. Frightening, right?

It was reported that a middlemen company Dyn, Inc. who is responsible for managing DNS for all these websites were attacked by anonymous hackers, who used different internet-connected devices to send DDoS on the websites.

Almost every website is down according to Down Detector’s dashboard; only Google and Facebook have appeared to stay up in front of these slaying attackers. This morning at 7 am the attack was started to slay the whole internet and was aimed at Dyn (a major DNS server host in New Hampshire). The first bout was resolved just after that within two hours but a second attack took place at noon. This situation is still ongoing that is a definite reminder of the power of the forces that aim to disrupt it.

How DNS works

After the voices raised about the DDoS attacks on the DNS server one should know how it took place on so many websites all at once. A DNS server is just an internet’s phone book that facilitates your request to go to a particular webpage that you’re requested to and also it make sure that you landed on right page or not. If the DNS server of the Twitter is down then I wish you good luck to get on Twitter because of you will not. Some of the sites are getting back to life for some of the users, but it doesn’t seem that the problem is fully resolved yet.

Below mentioned are the updates from the Headquarters of Dyn:

At 12.28 PM EST: 

This morning the Dyn investigated yet another attack that causes the same massive outages. The Dyn also informed that based on an email from the Gizmo reader the new wave have affected the west coast of the United States and Europe.

The Dyn have posted this update on its website: “Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21st-Friday 2016 we 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.”

Here’s an internet outage map that the DownDetector publishes on its website at 12:46 PM EST:DDoS Attack

At 9:05 AM EST:

At that time according to the emails from the users, the problems seemed to be getting more worse than before.

At 9:43 AM EST:

Dyn updates that the issue has been resolved.

At 12:19 PM EST:

After that Dyn said the issues had resolved but many of the users were still having trouble accessing the websites.

At 12:25 PM EST:

It’s happening again!!!!

At 3:50 PM EST:

The Dyn said: “Our engineers are continuing to investigate and mitigate several attacks aimed at the Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure.”The following websites were affected due to the DDoS attack:

  • ActBlue
  • Basecamp
  • Big cartel
  • Box
  • Business Insider
  • CNN
  • Cleveland.com
  • Etsy
  • Github
  • Grubhub
  • Guardian.co.uk
  • HBO Now
  • Iheart.com (iHeartRadio)
  • Imgur
  • Intercom
  • Intercom.com
  • Okta
  • PayPal
  • People.com
  • Pinterest
  • Playstation Network
  • Recode
  • Reddit
  • Seamless
  • Spotify
  • Squarespace Customer Sites
  • Starbucks rewards/gift cards
  • Storify.com
  • The Verge
  • Twilio
  • Twitter
  • Urbandictionary.com (lol)
  • Weebly
  • Wired.com
  • Wix Customer Sites
  • Yammer
  • Yelp
  • Zendesk.com
  • Zoho CRM
  • Credit Karma
  • Eventbrite
  • Netflix
  • NHL.com
  • Fox News
  • Disqus
  • Shopify
  • Soundcloud
  • Atom.io
  • Ancersty.com
  • ConstantContact
  • Indeed.com
  • New York Times
  • Weather.com
  • WSJ.com
  • Time.com
  • Xbox.com
  • Dailynews.com
  • Wikia
  • Donorschoose.org
  • Wufoo.com
  • Genonebiology.com
  • BBC
  • Elder Scrolls Online
  • Eve Online
  • PagerDuty
  • Kayak
  • Youneedabudget.com
  • Speed Test
  • Freshbooks
  • Braintree
  • Blue Host
  • Qualtrics
  • SBNation
  • Salsify.com
  • Zillow.com
  • Nimbleschedule.com
  • Vox.com
  • Livestream.com
  • IndieGoGo
  • Fortune
  • CNBC.com
  • FT.com
  • Survey Monkey

Note: GIZMODO sources the above-generated list.

It’s still not clear from where the cyber attack started and originated and when and how it is likely to stop.

Any other site that you are experiencing to be down surely let me know in the comments.

Sabih Ahmed

Sabih Ahmed devotes most of his time to shiny new tech and gadgets. He is a performance-oriented Digital marketeer with experience of 9 years in the digital domain. Sabih is here to share his enthusiasm, as well as to keep you up to date with all the recent advancements in the industry.

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