Second Hack Feared, After Massive Cyberattack Knocks Major Websites Offline
This story was originally published on NBC News.
The internet was dealt a crippling blow Friday morning as major websites, including Twitter, Spotify and Reddit were inaccessible.
As sites and services across the East Coast began to recover, word came of a possible second wave of attacks.
The culprit in both cases appeared to be a DDOS — that’s distributed denial of service — attack on Dyn, an internet performance management company.
Domain host company Dyn said the attack started at 7:10 a.m. and lasted for more than two hours.
A DDOS attack essentially floods a target with artificial traffic, knocking it offline.
It remains unclear who is behind the attacks — but the interruptions sent the internet into a tizzy.
While some were light-hearted, others peddled conspiracy theories…
… while others reminded us that with no Twitter, we were instead forced to make Friday small talk with our co-workers.