Cyberattack On Internet Firm Brings Down Major Sites Including Twitter, Netflix, Visa

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — Online disruption across the East Coast of the United States appears to be spreading to the West Coast after a key internet firm was hit by a cyberattack Friday.

Manchester, New Hampshire-based Dyn, Inc. said its server infrastructure was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack, which works by overwhelming targeted machines with junk traffic.

Dyn said in a series of statements that it first became aware of the attack around 7:00 a.m. local time and that services were restored to normal about two hours later.

The level of disruption was hard to gauge immediately, but Dyn provides internet traffic management and optimization services to some of the biggest names on the web, including Twitter, Netflix and Visa.

According to Gizmodo, the list of affected sites also includes CNN, HBO Now, Paypal, Pinterest, Reddit and Yelp.

Sites including coder hangout Github said they briefly experienced problems, although it was not immediately clear whether the issues were linked to the cyberattack. Independent web monitoring firms such as Netherlands-based DownDetector reported a brief spike of disruptions, although here too the connection to Dyn attack wasn’t made explicit.

Read more at CBSLA.com.

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