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Second Hack Feared, After Massive Cyberattack Knocks Major Websites Offline

cyber-attackThis 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.

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Domain host company Dyn said the attack started at 7:10 a.m. and lasted for more than two hours.

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It affected Dyn’s Managed Domain Name System infrastructure, which serves companies including AmazonTwitter, Spotify and

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.


Stewart Rhodes

Stewart is the founder and National President of Oath Keepers. He served as a U.S. Army paratrooper until disabled in a rough terrain parachuting accident during a night jump. He is a former firearms instructor, former member of Rep. Ron Paul’s DC staff, and served as a volunteer firefighter in Montana. Stewart previously wrote the monthly Enemy at the Gates column for S.W.A.T. Magazine. Stewart graduated from Yale Law School in 2004, where his paper “Solving the Puzzle of Enemy Combatant Status” won Yale’s Miller prize for best paper on the Bill of Rights. He assisted teaching U.S. military history at Yale, was a Yale Research Scholar, and is writing a book on the dangers of applying the laws of war to the American people.



  1. Today is July 25, 2017 and for the past 5 days or so, it seems as though YOUTUBE has been hit. Many times now I get an error message when I try to access certain topics, such as the Malcom Howard Deathbed Confession story, and others, such as the Michael Hess & Barry Jennings story. Makes me think that there is some kind of censorship going on.

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