The United States and parts of Europe are currently experiencing a massive hack attack on major internet sites. Top sites such as Twitter, Netflix, and Spotify have been affected along with major news outlets.
Here on the West Coast, many sites cannot be accessed as a “second wave” is hitting this side of the country. The attack originated on the East Coast.
Reports indicate that a “nation-state” is involved due the size and severity of the outage. Federal officials are investigating to determine who may be behind the attack. Hillary’s campaign and Obama’s administration are already blaming “the Russians.”
This morning a ton of websites and services, including Spotify and Twitter, were unreachable because of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on Dyn, a major DNS provider. Details of how the attack happened remain vague, but one thing seems certain. Our internet is frightfully fragile in the face of increasingly sophisticated hacks.
Some think the attack was a political conspiracy, like an attempt to take down the internet so that people wouldn’t be able to read the leaked Clinton emails on Wikileaks. Others think it’s the usual Russian assault. No matter who did it, we should expect incidents like this to get worse in the future. While DDoS attacks used to be a pretty weak threat, we’re entering a new era.
As security expert Bruce Schneier explained in a blog post:
“Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet. These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. We don’t know who is doing this, but it feels like a large nation state. China or Russia would be my first guesses.“
Here’s a list of websites that people are reporting problems with:
Squarespace Customer Sites
Starbucks rewards/gift cards
Wix Customer Sites
New York Times
Elder Scrolls Online
How’s Hillary going to deal with massive attacks on the internet like this if she can’t even keep her emails safe?
Vote Trump so we can keep using Twitter and Facebook and the entire internet doesn’t go down.