A DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack takes place when a group of hackers create a network and jointly send a high volume of requests to a web server. The combined load jams the web servers and prevents real users from accessing the sites.
This particular attack caused massive downtime on the US East Coast.
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An in-depth scan showing the most affected ares from the DDoS attacks in the United States. Photo: Level 3[/caption]
The cyber attack begun at 7:00 EST on the servers of Dyn DNS Company. The attack overloaded many of the servers, causing Twitter, Github, Spotify, Shopify, Amazon, Reddit, and Vox media sites to be inaccessible for a few hours.
Business Insider, CNN, Imgur, The Guardian, PayPal, Pinterest, and the PlayStation Network websites were also down temporarily.
Amazon also reported that its cloud servers were similarly down as well on Friday morning.
Dyn restored their services later in the day. They released a statement following the recovery.
The DDoS attackers have yet to be identified. But their capability to take down one of the providers of major websites indicates that they are well-equipped for further, bigger attacks in the future.