Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.
Update 12:28 PM EST: Dyn says it is investigating yet another attack, causing the same massive outages experienced this morning. Based on emails from Gizmodo readers, this new wave of attacks seems to be affecting the West Coast of the United States and Europe. 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.
Today's Brutal DDoS Attack Is the Beginning of a Bleak Future
This morning a ton of websites and services, including Spotify and Twitter, were unreachable…
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:
Squarespace Customer Sites
Starbucks rewards/gift cards
Wix Customer Sites
New York Times
Elder Scrolls Online
So, Bpocall has been battling colon cancer for a couple of years.
As I mentioned in the going wrong thread, he's having a rough time of it right now. He's in, or was in the ICU as of last week. I've reached out to his wife to see if there's anything we can do....care package, cards, donations....I'll post up in here when I hear back from her.
The few times we hung out, he was simply the kindest, warmest, teddy bear of a man I've ever met. He offered to help me move last year despite his battle with cancer.
This is easier than making a bazillion 5-response threads to each new game we all play.
Anyone have Magicka? I want to get my co-op on. It's pretty funny and has an awesome spell casting system, I love it. It's even on sale at this place right now for $3.50, which can be activated on steam. http://www.greenmangaming.com/games/action/magicka/
Difficult week. But good results. And a good day.
2 meetings on one project today. First one, 1-1/2 hours with project mgmt. and my engineers, on progress and detail questions, concerning a major project I've taken point on. Second one, with the engineers and drafter of said project, another 1-1/2 hours, on how to proceed near and medium turn, time lines and dead lines, etc. Did I mention I'm point because they ran out of time and engineers, so dumped it in my lap because they know I'll pull it off?
New project, if you google Fermilab, Muon Campus or Mu2e or g minus 2, have fun. Kind of hard to describe what I do as a lead fluids engineer/supervisor/project manager for accelerator operations, development, and new projects, at a one-of-a-kind world-class machine. So, I don't normally discuss it. But, eventful hard week. For this Muon Campus, installation of the ultra-pure water system that will cool both experimental areas and all their components. And other small projects, and the big one I've lived for the last 4 years is currently on the shelf, awaiting more funding in FY17. And operations Including support for a small system in a radioactive area where we're seeing too many pump failures and even have the pump reps stumped. So, I don't talk work here. But what a week. And that's without the personal issues.
And I done good.
So I picked up a 4-pack of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout. And while I'm wasting time on the desktop, I have this going in the background. One thing about Zeppelin on YouTube: Start one, and an endless stream will rotate.
That was before I knew that the UPS driver would double-back tonight and drop off part 2 of the SS!