Friday, 21 October 2016

Twitter, Spotify and Reddit taken offline by a DDoS attack. Is anyone safe!?

Distributed Denial of Serivce (DDoS) has struck again, this time knocking some of the largest websites offline including the likes of Twitter, Spotify and Reddit.

Domain Name Servers (DNS) act as the Internet’s phone book. They facilitate your request to go to a certain webpage and make sure you are taken to the right place. So, when the DNS provider that gives you access to some of the world’s largest sites is hacked by a DDoS attack, you and I can't access those websites.

The attack happened early this morning. Some websites are coming back for some users, but problem looks by no means to be fully resolved.

Dyn posted the following 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:
  • Reddit
  • Spotify
  • Esty
  • Twitter
  • PayPal
  • Yammer
  • Wired.com
  • Yelp
  • Starbucks
  • Airbnb
As these businesses slowly return to functioning as they should, a lot of us may just shrug it off and return to re-tweeting and streaming music. But often these attacks are used as 'smokescreens' to hack your personal and confidential information. So stay up to date with how this story unfolds. 

The frequency of DDoS attacks have sky-rocketed in the past couple of years and this attack only confirms this reality. Having increased 125% over the past year and with more than 2,000 attacks observed worldwide by Arbor Networks, its time you secure your business.

The size and duration of these attacks is also on the rise with a 35% increase in attack duration and a 73% increase in attack size since last year. Worryingly, the average size of an attack is 986Mbps, enough to take most organisations completely offline.



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