If you noticed the internet acting wonky this morning, it’s not just you and/or your computer. A slew of sites were disrupted as hackers launched a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a popular hosting company.
A DDoS attack involves hackers flooding servers with so much traffic that they can’t perform. Dyn’s statement:
Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th-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.
Impacted sites included Twitter, Reddit, Etsy, Soundcloud, Spotify, The Verge, Wired, People, Recode and many, many more.