U.S. Internet Attacked, Systems Downed

From Pat Dollard:

DEVELOPING: U.S. Internet Attacked, Systems Downed

Was this a retaliation for cutting off Wikileaks’ internet? Or was this a probe, a test of a something before a really big attack?

Excerpted From Mashable: Sites across the internet had problems on Friday morning following a cyberattack on a major internet management company.

On Friday morning, Dyn — a company that hosts domain name systems — announced it has been the subject of a cyberattack that caused major problems for numerous websites. People reported issues with Twitter, Spotify, SoundCloud, Vox Media sites, Airbnb and numerous other sites.

Domain name systems (DNS) are essentially the GPS of the internet, taking the text URLs you type into a browser and figuring out where those websites’ data is located on the back end. So when you type mashable.com in a browser, it shows you both the real Mashable and can quickly and easily locate the nearest server that hosts the site’s data.

The attack was resolved as of 9:20 a.m. EST, Dyn said.

Writing on its website, Dyn said that starting at about 7 a.m. EST, the company “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 source of the attack Friday was not immediately clear.

Hacker News first noted the “massive Dyn DNS outage.” Read the whole thing


This morning at 3 AM I couldn’t log into N&F and dismissed it as a temporary glitch.  Apparently, not so.  Meanwhile, King Putt had earlier this week threatened a cyber attack on Russia echoed by the dimwit Joe Biden.

Btw, I’m on a satellite connection.

~ Hardnox

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9 Responses to U.S. Internet Attacked, Systems Downed

  1. Uriel says:

    Interesting don’t you think that less than two weeks after Obama hands over internet this happens AND following that statement

  2. Just Gene says:


  3. Popular Front says:

    In terms of national security and military use, if the whole ‘internet’ disappeared tomorrow it would be no BFD. The military don’t use the ‘internet’ as we know it anyway, they use their own satellite comms, encrypted at both ends. Hard to intercept in raw form, even harder to decrypt in real time to take advantage.

    Internet (sic) down and you need to send instructions to the Secretary of State? Run down to the basement and grab some of that ‘old’ technology called a Telex. Hardline, point-to-point and almost impossible to intercept. For that matter, a swift dude on a motorcycle can deliver handwritten instructions carried in a satchel very efficiently.

    People get too hung up on technology and believe it infallible. It isn’t and never has been. The last few years of my military service was an intel billet and we modelled various internet failure scenarios as far back as 1992 and came up with the same results every time – a minor inconvenience in comms but as far as command and control were concerned it meant fuq all.

    • vonMesser says:

      I used DARPANET back in 1982-5 and it was a nice, secure, shielded, system (had log-on problems now and then, but they were resolved easily). I could give up the internet without a lot of problems other than missing my friends in far away places. But way back when rocks were soft we only had the friends within walking distance anyway.

      • Hardnox says:

        The youngins will flip out vM. They’d miss their 25,000 “friends” on FaceBook and Twitter and thus wouldn’t be able to report their latest bowel movements in real time.. Bwhahahaha

      • Popular Front says:

        Ah yes DARPANET, a lovely system. Funny how that system was up and running swiftly when Al Gore was still flipping burgers in his second job. I thought he invented it?

    • Hardnox says:

      Thanks for the inside report PF.

      I know the Russians and ChiComs use hardcopy for their most sensitive comms delivered by courier.