'Nice Internet You've Got There... You Wouldn't Want Something To Happen To It...'

from the this-is-no-longer-theoretical dept

Last month, we wrote about Bruce Schneier's warning that certain unknown parties were carefully testing ways to take down the internet. They were doing carefully configured DDoS attacks, testing core internet infrastructure, focusing on key DNS servers. And, of course, we've also been talking about the rise of truly massive DDoS attacks, thanks to poorly secured Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and ancient, unpatched bugs.

That all came to a head this morning when large chunks of the internet went down for about two hours, thanks to a massive DDoS attack targeting managed DNS provider Dyn. Most of the down sites are back (I'm still having trouble reaching Twitter), but it was pretty widespread, and lots of big name sites all went down. Just check out this screenshot from Downdetector showing the outages on a bunch of sites:
You'll see not all of them have downtime (and the big ISPs, as always, show lots of complaints about downtimes), but a ton of those sites show a giant spike in downtime for a few hours.

So, once again, we'd like to point out that this is as problem that the internet community needs to start solving now. There's been a theoretical threat for a while, but it's no longer so theoretical. Yes, some people point out that this is a difficult thing to deal with. If you're pointing people to websites, even if we were to move to a more distributed system, there are almost always some kinds of chokepoints, and those with malicious intent will always, eventually, target those chokepoints. But there has to be a better way -- because if there isn't, this kind of thing is going to become a lot worse.

Filed Under: attack, ddos, dns, internet, vulnerabilities
Companies: dyn


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    Stupid Genius (profile), 21 Oct 2016 @ 2:09pm

    Response to: Nick on Oct 21st, 2016 @ 1:36pm

    You have never heard of "Frontier" as in the company that just purchased Verizon's FIos while they were rated 270 out of 278 different customer service providing entities. What good is these government bodies created to help consumers from being ripped off when a company (with nearly the worst CS rating) that has some money can purchase Verizon's Fios service when Verizon was the internet providers leader in customer service. How the hell is that protecting the consumers.
    Yes, it's bad for Amazon but what about other small businesses that are totally revenue-dependent in their internet services staying up. There were companies in Florida with no internet service for a month and many more for weeks. Frontiers tech's didn't show up for appointments and when CS was contacted they just lied. One idiot called the consumer in the same landline he was there to repair to let them know he was there. They provided their cell phone numbers no less than 7 times for these brain-dead idiots. Mean-while they were chastising Warner Cable for over charging and throttling only to implement the exact same pricing structure except worse.
    WTH!

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