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    Massive hack going on including Paypal, Spottily and Netflix, others

    http://pitchfork.com/news/69188-twit...-massive-hack/

    PayPal, Airbnb, and more experienced outages this morning due to a “denial of service” attack on Dyn, a company that tracks and directs Internet traffic

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    Twitter, Reddit, Spotify, and SoundCloud were among sites affected by a massive cyber attack earlier today, as TechCrunch reports. The hack also affected The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Github, Airbnb, Vox Media sites, Shopify, and others. Users of Netflix and PayPal also said they were experiencing problems, the Times reports. The sites were down or otherwise interfered with amid a big “distributed denial of service” (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a company that ensures Internet traffic gets where it is trying to go. Dyn said the problem mainly affected users in the eastern United States and that services were restored to normal around 9:20 a.m. ET, but then another attack took place around 11:52 a.m. ET. “Our engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue,” the company said. Dyn hosts Domain Name Services (DNS), which are often compared to a phone book or map of the Internet.

    Here's what Dyn said earlier about the problem: “Starting at 11:10 UTC [7:10 a.m. ET] on October 21st-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.”

    The U.S. government is investigating whether the cyber attack was a “criminal act,” an official told Reuters.

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    Oh great!
    So do we avoid the sites?
    Of course it's criminal. sheesh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriskre View Post
    Oh great!
    So do we avoid the sites?
    Of course it's criminal. sheesh.
    Not sure. As of now Paypal and Gilt are both down. Some of the others seem to up and running.

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    My Amazon account seems to have been hacked in the past week. I got an acknowledgement for an order of a free App that I did not order. I changed my password and called customer service.
    Jacki

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glitter Brunello View Post
    Not sure. As of now Paypal and Gilt are both down. Some of the others seem to up and running.
    I got into paypal just fine. At least I hope so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chriskre View Post
    I got into paypal just fine. At least I hope so.
    So do
    I'd I, but I changed my password.
    Jacki

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    Paypal is now back up

    But this is kinda scary!

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    Massive hack going on including Paypal, Spottily and Netflix, others

    Quote Originally Posted by chriskre View Post
    Oh great!
    So do we avoid the sites?
    Of course it's criminal. sheesh.
    This type of activity is really more about disruption than looking to steal things.

    Someone is basically flooding the traffic cop with so many requests to go from point A to point B that it freezes and can't process them to tell who to go where and when.
    Scott

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    Quote Originally Posted by scootr5 View Post
    This type of activity is really more about disruption than looking to steal things.

    Someone is basically flooding the traffic cop with so many requests to go from point A to point B that it freezes and can't process them to tell who to go where and when.
    Yes. But to hit and affect the Dyn servers.... no small task.... from the NYTimes article: “These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well the companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down,” Mr. Schneier wrote. “We don’t know who is doing this, but it feels like a large nation-state. China and Russia would be my first guesses.”

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    I definitely think it was a foreign power, looking to disrupt commerce and embarrass us. I only meant that it probably wasn't a thief looking to steal credit card info or the like.
    Scott

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