If you were experiencing trouble getting onto your social media, on Friday Oct. 21, 2016 don’t blame your phone or the internet. Many popular sites, including Spotify, Twitter, Netflix, Amazon and others, were down.
The attack was first experienced on the east coast, but Europe was also experiencing problems later, according to CNN
Dyn, a company who manages website domains and routes internet, reported that it received two DDoS, or Disrupted Denial of Service attack on its DNS (Domain Name System) service provider that Friday.
A DDoS attack works by flooding servers with an inconsiderable amount of information making servers break or shut down, according to USA Today.
CNN reported that the attacks caused an outrage big enough to attract the FBI and start investigating.
Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary, said that the Department of Homeland Security was, “monitoring the situation.”
Wikileaks tweeted, “Mr. Assange is still alive and WikiLeaks is still publishing. We ask supporters to stop taking down the US internet. You proved your point,” though it is not confirmed that they were the ones behind it.
It is still unclear who is behind these attacks or why they did it.
Security technologist, Bruce Schneier, wrote that the DDoS attacks took, ” the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would require them to take them down.”
According to USA Today, Dyn fixed the problem, and that service was restored later on Friday.
DDos attacks are happening more frequently, and are a big threat to technology considering it is challenging to fix.
Dyn’s chief strategy officer, Kyle York, said “It’s a very smart attack. We start to mitigate, they react. It keeps on happening every time. We’re learning though.”