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Cyberattack hits major websites such as Amazon, Etsy, Twitter

Posted: 9:46 AM, Oct 21, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-21 17:18:35Z
Cyberattack hits major websites such as Amazon, Etsy, Twitter
 

Amazon, Twitter, Etsy, Spotify and other major websites were slowed to a crawl in certain areas after a massive attack impacted the sites on the East Coast, according to DYN, a company that hosts Domain Name Servers. 

A DDoS attack — an attack where hackers stifle meaningful data from coming through by glutting the server with useless data and repeated load requests — hit DYN on Friday morning, according to Business Insider

DYN  said it had fixed the issue shortly after 9:30 a.m. Eastern. However, the problem continued to plague DYN and the company warned of possible delays as the company works to fix the issue. Downdetector.com published a map showing where the outages were hitting. Click here to see the outage map. 

DYN hosts Domain Name Servers, which help computers translate browsers, according to Business Insider. 

Hacker News reported the following sites were impacted. 

  • DYN
  • Twitter
  • Etsy
  • Github
  • Soundcloud
  • Spotify
  • Heroku
  • Pagerduty
  • Shopify
  • Amazon