The massive DDOS attack which took down major sites such as Twitter, Reddit, and Spotify continues as a third coordinated attack extends the outages.
The attacks are currently targeting the internet service provider, Dyn, who told CNBC the attacks were “well planned and executed, coming from tens of millions of IP addresses at the same time.”
For those who are unfamiliar, DDOS attacks are known as Distributed Denial of Service attacks. Basically a service is inundated with so many service requests at the same time it causes a catastrophic crash and renders the service unavailable.
Dyn has provided a few updates on its website and via Twitter (the irony of them using the site that’s being taken out by the attacks is not lost on us). According to their updates, they are closely monitoring and mitigating each attack and have restored services fairly quickly.
Websites such as Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, Amazon, and CNBC have been confirmed to have been affected by the attacks. Netflix and Paypal also reported some of their members having trouble accessing their website. Additionally, the Playstation Network and Bungie have been out as well, however is unconfirmed if it is as a result of the attacks.
Dyn stated that the attacks are coming from what is called the “Internet of Things,” and are devices such as DVR’s, Printers and other objects that are connected to the internet. Dyn Chief Strategy Officer Kyle York said “What they’re actually doing is moving around the world with each attack.”
This makes it difficult to determine where the attacks are originating. The identity of attackers is currently unknown.