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Anonymous Announces They Are Behind DDoS Attacks

Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and dozens of other websites which are listed below have had waves of attacks today.  The attacks began this morning.   Hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host.

Many believe this is due in part to the US Stepping up efforts to silence Julian Assange, the Wikileaks Founder.  Norse attack map says it’s primary the Microsoft Cyber Security facility in Redmond, Washington, US who is doing the attacks.

Wikileaks posted a message in the wee morning hours that a ton of heavily armed poice were outside the Ecuadorian Embassy where Julian Assange has been for years under political asylum.


Update 12:28 PM EST: Dyn says it is investigating yet another attack, causing the same massive outages experienced this morning.  It’s so far unclear how the two attacks are related, but the outages are very similar. In order to understand how one DDoS attack could take out so many websites, you have to understand how Domain Name Servers (DNS) work. Basically, they act as the Internet’s phone book and facilitate your request to go to a certain webpage and make sure you are taken to the right place. If the DNS provider that handles requests for Twitter is down, well, good luck getting to Twitter. Some websites are coming back for some users, but it doesn’t look like the problem is fully resolved.

Dyn posted this update on its website: “Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th-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 a list of websites that readers have told us they are having trouble accessing:

  • ActBlue
  • Basecamp
  • Big cartel
  • Box
  • Business Insider
  • CNN
  • Etsy
  • Github
  • Grubhub
  • HBO Now
  • (iHeartRadio)
  • Imgur
  • Intercom
  • Okta
  • PayPal
  • Pinterest
  • Playstation Network
  • Recode
  • Reddit
  • Seamless
  • Spotify
  • Squarespace Customer Sites
  • Starbucks rewards/gift cards
  • The Verge
  • Twillo
  • Twitter
  • (lol)
  • Weebly
  • Wix Customer Sites
  • Yammer
  • Yelp
  • Zoho CRM
  • Credit Karma
  • Eventbrite
  • Netflix
  • Fox News
  • Disqus
  • Shopify
  • Soundcloud
  • ConstantContact
  • New York Times
  • Wikia
  • BBC
  • Elder Scrolls Online
  • Eve Online
  • PagerDuty
  • Kayak
  • Speed Test
  • Freshbooks
  • Braintree
  • Blue Host
  • Qualtrics
  • SBNation

Here’s an internet outage map from DownDetector as of 12:46 PM EST: