Early Friday morning, a number of well known sites like Twitter, NetFlix, Amazon, Github and Reddit went down due to a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. This attack continued throughout the day, causing intermittent outages to these popular web destinations. Unlike most DDoS attacks, this one did not directly target the sites in question. Rather, the attackers targeted Dyn, a less known but well used DNS management middleman. By going after DNS, a core component of Internet infrastructure, this DDoS attack affected many more sites than the average attack. Watch the video below to learn more about this attack, and what it may mean for the future of DDoS.
Episode Runtime: 5:34
Direct YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1WKCogmBFI
- Why half the Internet shutdown today – Gizmodo
- Dyn’s status update for the DDoS attack – DynStatus
- How to use OpenDNS’s open DNS servers (helps during this sort of attack) – OpenDNS
- Bruce Schneier’s blog post warning someone is learning to take down the Internet – Schneier.com