In what has been a scary news story that has developed through the day, several news outlets are reporting that a major Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) attack has disrupted service to a number of major social media and streaming services, such as Netflix, Amazon, Twitter and Spotify.
One of those streaming sites is the WWE Network, which is currently down and is unable to be accessed by users.
This is the first of two major attacks that occurred today, according to USA Today. The first was at around 7:10 AM EST, while a second transpired at around 9:30 AM EST.
A DDoS, or Distributed Denial of Service attack is when a server is overloaded with bogus traffic from numerous sources. At that point, the site you’re trying to reach becomes inaccessible. One of the most infamous attacks happened during Christmas 2014, when popular gaming services Xbox Live and PlayStation Network were hit with DDoS attacks and were offline for several days.
Dyn, an internet company that manages the domains for a large number of websites, was the major target of this attack, and posted the following message on their website this morning:
“We have begun monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed (Domain Name System) infrastructure. Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue.”
Amazon Web Services (AWS), which provides hosting to companies like Netflix, was also affected in the attack. Due to the large number of domains these companies manage, the attack on their services has severely affected internet traffic.
We’ll continue to monitor this story and update it as information becomes more pertinent to us.
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