In an era where there are all sorts of cyber security solutions available to protect websites and other online services, cyber criminals are still able to pull off dangerous tricks. The latest in the news are internet’s top websites that got attacked using DDoS, which led the sites to go offline for several hours.
The affected sites includ Spotify, SoundCloud, Twitter, PayPal, Reddit and many others. There was one thing in common between all the attacked sites; they were all customers of a company called Dyn. The company provides a service that helps internet users find their sites with ease.
There have been three attacks by attacker-unknown and the FBI and the US Department of Homeland Security are investigating the case. Apart from the aforementioned sites, there are many other sites that came under attack and Etsy, Pinterest, Tumblr and Github were some more websites that went offline during the attack and users weren’t able to access the sites for at least two hours.
Going offline for two long hours is a big deal for huge companies like PayPal, Twitter, Reddit and Spotify and the panic is all natural and understandable. Attack on all the sites was made using the Distributed Denial of Service, commonly known as the DDoS attack. The attempt was made by the attacker to overwhelm targeted servers by bombarding them with huge amounts of data.
PayPal has already cleared that no data of their customers was compromised and the only inconvenience their users had to face was being unable to make payments via PayPal. These attacks are pretty surprising as usually DDoS attacks are made against single sites.
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