Cyber-attack Knocks Out Access to Websites

crew-2231211After Hillary lost control of her servers, Wikileaks does an amazing job by providing the U.S. and the developed world on malfeasance within our government and others around the world.

 

It would seem that cyber security would be near the top of priorities among those who swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.

 

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Wall Street Journal

Oct. 21, 2016

So-called denial-of-service attacks can knock sites offline by flooding them with junk data, blocking the way for legitimate users.

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Several websites including Twitter and Tumblr were unreachable for many internet users Friday morning following an online attack.

Web technology provider Dynamic Network Services Inc., known as Dyn, said its domain name systemor DNS, service was subject to a massive distributed denial-of-service attack starting at 7:10 a.m. on Friday.

After the first attack was resolved, Dyn reported a second one around midday.

Denial of service attacks can knock websites offline by flooding them with junk data, blocking the way for legitimate users.

Dyn’s DNS services are a key part of the digital supply chain that allows web addresses—Twitter.com, for instance—to take users to the infrastructure that hosts them.

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Dyn didn’t disclose the source of the attack.

Dyn said access to Spotify was also interrupted, and other sites, such as Github and Fastly, said they were affected.

The Wall Street Journal’s website also was down for periods Friday morning.

“We’re still digging into root cause, but ultimately it was limited to the East Coast of the U.S.,” Dyn spokesman Adam Coughlin said.

Airbnb Inc. also was hit by the outage, making the home-rental company’s website “intermittently available” for a short period Friday morning, spokesman Nick Shapiro said, adding that the site was back to running normally.

Security experts say denial of service attacks have grown more powerful over the past year. A sustained assault on the website of security researcher Brian Krebs last month broke records partly because the network that launched it used hundreds of thousands of connected cameras, digital video recorders and other “smart” devices, according to website defender Akamai Technologies Inc.

Amazon.com Inc. also said it had found the root cause of DNS problems affecting its East Coast cloud customers and resolved the issue, though it didn’t disclose the cause. Amazon had said it was looking into an elevated number of errors related to accessing its cloud services in a main East Coast server hub due to DNS issues. Amazon Web Services runs a broad array of websites.

Amazon said the problems occurred between 7:31 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. Eastern time.

Cloud services provider Heroku Inc. also said it saw “widespread” DNS issues related to a denial of service attacks against one of its DNS providers, but it had resolved the issue.

Alphabet Inc. ’s Google Cloud Platform, a much smaller competitor to Amazon Web Services, didn’t experience any service disruptions Friday, said spokesman Michael Moeschler.

 

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7 thoughts on “Cyber-attack Knocks Out Access to Websites

  1. How is it that an independent organization can get all of the Hillary emails but the FBI and NSA can not?

    This miss-information being feed to Americans by our government is just not acceptable.

    The collusion and corruption inside of our government is so frustrating and contemptible.

    How can Hillary be so Arrogant and obstructive? Hillary has help from both parties – the Democrats and Republicans are corrupt and on the take.

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    • Believe me Dave, the NSA can get and does have the “missing” information. Unfortunately they have been bought and paid for too! Nobody in the existing establishment is to be trusted.

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    • Thank’s Dave, excellent point. We are and likely always have been told what they want us to know and understand. Fortunately, most folks interested in what is happening have long ago abandoned the media and head to reputable blogs.

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  2. Watch the Dims blame it on a Russian Cyber attack!! If they do…you can best be sure that it was the Dims themselves who shut the sites down to cause fear in American hearts!

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  3. Us college students got emails via our student emails emails/ diff. emails that our school accounts and such were hacked and what to do about it, and yes,it was true. This really any isn’t a laughing matter. The School is taking measures etc…. anyway, great post, thanks J.C.

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    • Simply Linda, FYI by best friend here locally is responsible as I.T. supervisor for a local Jr. College reminds me that colleges are the best places to hack, so much information is readily available, addresses, social security numbers you name it. According to him they are easily hacked because their blocking software is not up todate.

      The biggest way to let worms virus etc available is to open an Email YOU DON’T RECOGNIZE. THERE IN LIES THE BAD JU-JU. IF I DON’T RECOGNIZE THE SENDER IT GOES IMMEDIATELY TO SPAM.

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