It was an Internet Armageddon! Sites from Twitter to Reddit to Pinterest were taken down on Oct. 20, victims of a major hacking attack! Fans freaked out – at least, once Twitter came back online – over this cruel fate. Click to see.
No, it just wasn’t you. Most of the Internet was down during the early hours of Oct. 20. Hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on servers belonging to Dyn, a major Domain Name Servers host, according to Gizmodo.
Distributed Denial-of-service attacks are as old as the Internet itself. When someone launches a DDoS attack, they overwhelm a site or service with so much traffic that it exhausts the site’s bandwidth, according to Digital Attack Map. This attack, often done by a network of infected computers (Botnets) send more connection requests than a service can handle and it crashes under the weight.
To put it simply, think of a site’s DNS as the street that guide users to it. DDoS attacks flood the street with useless, overwhelming garbage traffic, so people who sincerely want to go to sites like Twitter can’t. The attack began around 7:00 AM ET and it affected primarily the northeast coast of the United States. The list of sites that were offline this morning were, per Gizmodo:
Twitter, Reddit, Spotify, Esty, Box, Wix Customer Sites, Squarespace Customer Sites, Zoho CRM,Iheart.com (iHeartRadio), Github, The Verge, Cleveland.com, hbonow.com, PayPal, Big cartel, Wired.com, People.com, Urbandictionary.com, Basecamp, ActBlue, Zendesk.com, Intercom, Twillo, Pinterest, Grubhub, Okta, Starbucks rewards/gift cards, Storify.com, CNN, Yammer, Playstation Network, Recode, Business Insider, Guardian.co.uk, Weebly, Yelp, Intercom.com
The attack lasted for at least two hours, but soon, service was restored. Frustrated users flocked to the newly revived Twitter to ask “what just happened?” They also rejoiced that they were finally allowed to Tweet.
Was wondering why my twitter was acting so weird apparently their US East servers are getting DDoS'ed.
— GeneralDeath (@GeneralDeath198) October 21, 2016
— Mike Lesczinski (@MikeLesczinski) October 21, 2016
Can someone explain to me what a DDoS attack is?
— Gucci Mané (@Mwaniki_Nyagah) October 21, 2016
So, the #DDoS affecting the entire eastern seaboard; is that someone sitting in his bed who weighs 400lbs or is that Putin?
— Morris Singer (@morrissinger) October 21, 2016
DDoS attacks ain't no joke.
— Creole-Bred (@FemmeFunk) October 21, 2016
The DDoS might have been caused by me … SORRY! pic.twitter.com/pTRc7eJFWw
— puppits (@BunchOfPuppits) October 21, 2016
That wasn't a DDoS attack, that was Chuck Norris tweeting
— Sim (@dylo_2) October 21, 2016
“Service has been restored to normal as of 13:20 UTC (aka 9:20 AM ET),” Dyn posted on its official website, which is why numerous services were back up. The question now is – who’s behind this attack? Was it some hackers doing it for the lulz? Was it Donald Trump’s, 70, ex-BFF, Vladimir Putin, 64, allegedly pulling off another Russian-connected hack? We’ll have to wait and see.
Were you frustrated by the Internet being down today, HollywoodLifers? Who do you think is behind the DDoS attack?