Denial of Services impacting Internet access for much of the U.S.

Posted By on October 21, 2016

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Twitter status above illustrating second attack shutting down services.

The cyber threat continues … as  a second wave cripples some of the biggest domain names through Dyn (Manchester, NH), a company that provide DNS services for connecting domain names to IP addresses. Dyn said it had resolved one attack, which disrupted operations for about two hours, but disclosed a second attack a few hours later that was causing further disruptions.

Homeland Security last week issued a warning about a powerful new approach for blocking access to websites – hackers infecting routers, printers, smart TVs and other connected devices with malware that turns them into "bot" armies that overwhelm website servers in distributed denial of service attacks.

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As of this post at 2PM EST on 10/21 … Dyn is still limping along under the deluge. Level3 map after first attack early Friday morning below:

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