by Tyler Durden
Early this morning, millions of panicked Americans realized they may have to be productive when suddenly their favorite social media website or news outlet was unavailable for up to an hour. As it turns out, the culprit was “an enormous cyberattack” which disrupted traffic to hundreds of websites including Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, eBay and the New York Times, particularly for internet users on the east coast of the United States.
Here your Twitter problem. (Level3 outage map) pic.twitter.com/yzqfYuH33b
— Tom Leyden (@newshawk) October 21, 2016
The attack was targeted at a New Hampshire-based company called Dyn, a DNS service that translates readable names for websites (such as zerohedge.com) into an IP address that the internet understands. “Without it, we’d all be having to type numbers into web browsers rather than the names of websites.” said security researcher Graham Cluley.