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    21 Oct 2016

    This Is Probably Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today

    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.
    Domain Name Servers (DNS) act as the Internet’s phone book. Basically, they 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. 
    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:
    ActBlue
    Basecamp
    Big cartel
    Box
    Business Insider
    CNN
    Cleveland.com
    Esty
    Github
    Grubhub
    Guardian.co.uk
    HBO Now
    Iheart.com (iHeartRadio)
    Imgur
    Intercom
    Intercom.com
    Okta
    PayPal
    People.com
    Pinterest
    Playstation Network
    Recode
    Reddit
    Spotify
    Squarespace Customer Sites
    Starbucks rewards/gift cards
    Storify.com
    The Verge
    Twillo
    Twitter
    Urbandictionary.com (lol)
    Weebly
    Wired.com
    Wix Customer Sites
    Yammer
    Yelp
    Zendesk.com
    Zoho CRM
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