Saturday 22 October 2016

Amazon is down on a major cyber attack

Amazon is down

Online retailer Amazon went down at around 17.00pm for the second time today - tech teams are currently experiencing major outages.

Several of the world's biggest websites are reporting major outages after hackers launched a major cyber-attack.

Sites including Amazon, Twitter, Reddit, PSN and Spotify are all affected by the attack on one of the internet's biggest web-hosting services.

Outages are being reported across the world, with the east coast of American particularly affected, although Chinese and European users have also noted drops in service.

The attack seems to be concentrated on DYN, a company that hosts many of the major websites.

DYN is suffering a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack, where hackers attempt to overload a site's services by bombarding it with traffic.

The attack is causing DYN's servers to overload, taking the websites offline

DYN posted on Friday morning that, "Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure."

"Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available."

The company has said that all services has now been resumed, but users are still reporting problems worldwide.

DYN hosts the Domain Name Servers (DNS) of many major websites.

DNS is a hugely significant part of the Internet's world, as they are able to make sure the website addresses typed by a user redirect to the right page.

If the DNS is affected or offline, the web browser is unable to load the site properly.

Latest update shows that Amazon is now accessible following what appears to be a huge Ddos attack on Internet traffic company Dyn.



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