DDoS attack on Dyn taking down Twitter, Reddit and Airbnb

A major DDoS attack on Dyn’s servers was reported, affecting the major websites like Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, Airbnb and more. What measures has Dyn taken?

21st October, AtoZForex – The Forex market is not the only industry which faces a surge of DDoS and other cyber attacks. Today, a major DDoS attack on Dyn’s servers which is a major DNS host. As a consequence of the DDoS attack, major websites like Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, Airbnb, soundcloud and many other websites went down.

Why a DNS host is vital for every website?

DDoS stands for distributed denial of service, which is a tactic hackers use to take down internet-connected servers. Cyber criminals build a network of computers that send huge amounts of traffic to particular servers with the target of declining the use of these servers to other users, this is called DDoS attack.

Dyn is a major DNS host, Domain Name Servers, which acts as the internet’s phonebook that help a person’s request to visit a specific website and make sure they reached the right destination. So if the DNS provider for a website is down, you won’t be able to reach the website.

What was Dyn’s comment on the DDoS attack?

A statement was issued today by Scott Hilton, EVP, Products ad Dyn as follows:

“This morning, October 21, Dyn received a global DDoS attack on our Managed DNS infrastructure in the east coast of the United States. DNS traffic resolved from east coast name server locations are experiencing a service degradation or intermittent interruption during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.

Upon recognition, active mitigation protocols were initiated and have been working to resolve the issues. Customers with questions or concerns are encouraged to check our status page for updates and reach out to our Technical Support Team”

On the website of Dyn, the company reported that they started to monitor and mitigate a DDoS attach against their Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure at 11:10 UTC today. Dyn reported that a number of its clients could experience delayed zone propagation or increased DNS query latency, post the DDoS attack.

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