An attack against a management company Internet causes headaches for people trying to access various Web sites, including Twitter and Spotify. The company said on Friday afternoon that the problem has already been solved.
For many residents of the East Coast of the United States was a time when they had to take off their computers or go crazy trying to figure out what parts of the Internet they were working.
On Friday morning, just as many were settling into their working day, and access popular Web sites like Twitter, Spotify, Netflix, Etsy and even specialist GitHub code encountered an ugly scenario: could not access these sites. Hackers saturated Dyn, a company based in Manchester, New Hampshire, which manages traffic and even businesses and companies operating on the Internet with junk traffic. On Friday afternoon, Dyn said the problem had been resolved. However, this was the second time on Friday that the company claimed to have solved the problem and that the attack was over.
“Some customers [Amazon Web Services (AWS)] experienced errors when establishing connectivity with a reduced number of points AWS in Northern Virginia,” said Amazon on Friday and said the problem has already been solved.
Power outages and interruptions in the East Coast of the United States subsided after two hours of starting, but then returned at noon. The problems now affecting areas throughout the United States and parts of Europe.
Twitter, for example, said he continues to feel the effects of the attack. “The above problems have resurfaced and some people may experience problems accessing Twitter. We are working on it!” Said the company in a press release.
The Department of Homeland Security “We are investigating the possible causes” of the attack, according to Gillian M. Christensen, a spokeswoman department.
Spotify did not respond to a request for comment.
In a DDoS attack, computers are attacked with an overwhelming volume of false claims data, which dramatically slows down access to these sites and in extreme cases can completely eliminate legitimate traffic to these sites.
Many companies use a third party service like Dyn to handle their traffic.
“Historically, this has worked to the advantage of everyone,” said Jeremiah Grossman, director of security strategy at cyber security firm SentinalOne. “However, what we are seeing now is that they have become attractive targets for DDoS attacks.”
These attacks have come at a time when cyber security experts have warned that DDoS attacks are becoming more powerful.
Such attacks have been made since the beginning of the modern Internet. Activists have used hackers, pranksters and other people to knock out certain Web pages. But, until recently, the attacks so big and popular sites like Twitter were rare.
Given the dramatic increase in the extent and scope of DDoS attacks, providers Domain Name System (DNS acronym) are struggling to increase bandwidth capacity and withstand the latest attacks.
The increase of Internet-connected devices at home and office, from security cameras to smart TVs has made it easier to DDoS attacks.
Attackers need an army of computers to send an overwhelming number of requests for Web pages and servers. To achieve this army, typically they use a network of hacked computers. But with the growing popularity of new devices that have integrated computers, some hackers have been able to organize attacks and zombie network using routers or video cameras.
Given how easy it is usually have access to these devices, researchers like Shankar Somasundaram of Symantec think that the problem of DDoS attacks get worse before they can get better. “There will be more such attacks,” he said.