Major internet services including Twitter, Spotify and Amazon suffered service interruptions and outages on Friday as a US internet provider came under sustained cyber attack.
The internet service company Dyn, which routes and manages internet traffic, said that it had suffered a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on its domain name service shortly after 1100 GMT.Service was initially restored within two hours but close to three hours later the company said it was responding to an attack again.“Our engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue,” the company said on its website close to 1700 GMT.
The cyber attack meant that millions of internet users could not access the websites of major online companies such as Netflix and Reddit as well as the crafts marketplace Etsy and the software developer site Github, according to media reports.
The website Gizmodo said it had received reports of difficulty at sites for media outlets including CNN, The Guardian, Wired, HBO and People as well as the money transfer service PayPal.
Dyn, which is headquartered in New Hampshire, said the attack went after its domain name service, causing interruptions and slowdowns.
Scott Hilton, executive vice president for products at Dyn, said in a statement Friday morning that a “global DDoS attack” had been launched on its Managed DNS infrastructure on the US east coast.
A map published by the website downdetector.com initially showed service interruptions for Level3 Communications, a so-called “backbone” internet service provider, across much of the US east coast and in Texas.
However later Friday the affected areas had spread to parts of the Midwest and California. Similar maps for Netflix and Twitter website specifically showed areas of outage in Europe.
The US Department of Homeland Security told AFP it was monitoring the situation.