- If Russia did this I think you might need to just expect ALL the Internet shut down on Election Day. It may or may not happen but I think being prepared for that outcome might be important now.
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Dyn Says Cyberattack Has Ended, Investigation Continues
Friday’s strike was one of largest denial-of-service attacks known
“Service to our customers is always our number one priority, and we appreciate their understanding as that commitment means Dyn is often the first responder of the internet,” strategy chief Kyle York said in a blog post.
Dyn, known formally as Dynamic Network Services Inc., said Friday it had been disrupted by a distributed denial-of-service attack, in which devices connected to the internet flooded Dyn’s computers with junk data, blocking legitimate users. Dyn’s domain-name-system services are crucial cogs in helping internet users reach websites.
Network research firm ThousandEyes said users from California to Malaysia had trouble accessing 1,200 web domains on Friday. Among the popular sites affected were Twitter, Netflix and PayPal.
In the Saturday blog post, Mr. York reiterated that Dyn had seen traffic coming from “tens of millions” of Internet Protocol addresses. Other networking experts said many of those could have been duplicates or fraudulent and the number of devices involved in the attack was likely far smaller. Still, it marked one of the largest denial-of-service attacks known.