A Number Of Popular Websites Crashed by Hackers

Twitter, Spotify, CNN, and more

A number of websites including Twitter, Etsy, Reddit and Wix went down earlier today following a hack on a popular Domain Name Server provider.

The internet decided it needed a break on this gloomy Friday, with music streaming apps, social media platforms and other websites being inaccessible around the same time that a unknown hackers unleashed a denial of service (DDoS) attack on the Dyn, a prominent Domain Name Server host, according to a Gizmodo report.

Domain Name Servers (DNS) facilitate your request to access a certain webpage. But because everything is digital nowadays, bonuses like Starbucks Rewards Cards also weren’t working. So people were left Twitter-less, music-less, and coffee-less. Not ideal!

Here’s an aggregated list of websites that have been noticed as crashed:

Twitter
Reddit
Spotify
Etsy
Iheart.com (iHeartRadio)
PayPal
Wired.com
People.com
Urbandictionary.com
Pinterest
Grubhub
Starbucks rewards/gift cards
Storify.com
CNN
Box
Schoology
Npmjs
Roblox
Gifthub
Shopify
Netflix (slow loading)
Boston Globe
New York Times
The Verge

It has been reported that some websites are slowly coming back for some users, the problem isn’t fully resolved.

Dyn posted this update on their official website: “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.”

Did the hack leave you internet-less this morning? Let us know.
 
Image courtesy Luis Llerena