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Not a good day today for tech! But a great day for dark humor...

 

"@TheDailyEdge: Grounded @united passengers unable to sell stock in company for 3 hours as glitch hits #NYSE, but everything's fine now, reports #WSJ"


"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."-Voltaire

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DDOS attack blocking access to major sites today:

 

Internet traffic company Dyn on Friday warned of another cyber attack after websites and services across the East Coast were shut down earlier in the day.

 

"We have begun monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed (Domain Name System) infrastructure. Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue," Dyn said on its website at 11:52 a.m. ET.

 

A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is when a web service is intentionally overwhelmed by traffic from many sources. It is a common method for digital assaults.

 

Dyn said the attack may also impact "Dyn Managed DNS advanced services with possible delays in monitoring."

 

It was not known who was behind the distributed denial of service attack.

 

The Department of Homeland Security told CNBC that it is "looking into all potential causes" of the attack. NBC News reported that one U.S. intelligence official said North Korea had been ruled out as a suspect.

The White House said U.S. authorities are monitoring reports of attack on the internet services company and whether it is a "criminal act," according to Reuters.

 

Many prominent websites including Amazon, Twitter and Spotify were shut down for nearly two hours Friday morning by an earlier denial of service attack. CNBC.com was also affected. Amazon reported later that it was once again having service issues but resolved the problem.

 

Later in the day, Netflix reported that they are experiencing issues, while Spotify said some of its members were experiencing trouble accessing their website.

 

Dyn said the earlier attack started at 7:10 a.m. ET It affected Dyn's Managed DNS infrastructure, which is the system that directs users to the correct webpage.

 

Dyn said the services had been restored to normal after the initial attack by 9:20 a.m. ET.

 

The article claims the attack is over but I still can't access Twitter.

 

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Usually during DNS problems you can still get to websites directly via their IP address, that's also not working for Twitter so they may be having their own problems (for example, go to http://216.58.216.238 and you'll get to Google). 

 

I always keep a list of important IP addresses handy just in case of DNS problems. As we're seeing today, DNS attacks are a very easy way to cripple the internet, but you can usually get around it. A good way to make sure you have these addresses current is to just go into command prompt and ping your favorite websites - the prompt will return the IP address (this is also a quick way to identify potential DNS issues, if no IP is returned at all you probably have DNS issues).

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More, this from the UK....

 

Massive cyber hack that floored Amazon, Twitter, HBO and Reddit could be 'practice for election day': Wikileaks supporters among those claiming responsibility for massive security breach - and many fear it is just a warm-up

https://www.google.com/amp/www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3859500/amp/Widespread-internet-havoc-major-attack-takes-websites-offline-Spotify-Twitter-sites-suffer-outages.html


"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."-Voltaire

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Aultman Hospital in Canton was hit with a cyber attack. It looks like sensitive patient information might have been exposed for thousands of patients.

 

In all seriousness, if you or anyone you know may have been affected. Feel free to reach out to me. Cyber law is what I do for a living and I would be more than happy to help.

 

http://www.cantonrep.com/news/20180525/aultman-data-breach-may-have-accessed-patient-information

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I met a cyber security expert last month at a Greater Cleveland Partnership event who said China has seven OSU-sized institutes that teach how to attack servers, communications, databases, etc. This is ominous...

 

Cyberattack from outside the U.S. hits newspapers across the country, preventing distribution, source says

https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-times-delivery-breakdown-20181229-story.html

 

 


"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."-Voltaire

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Juice Jacking: Don’t plug into public USB charging stations at airports and malls, officials warn

 

If your cellphone battery is running low, don’t plug it into a USB charging station at the airport or mall, officials are warning consumers as the busy holiday season gets under way.

 

Those convenient USB charging stations in public places could be loaded with malware by criminals looking to steal your money and identity, warned the Los Angeles district attorney in a recent Twitter post.

 

MORE:

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/fl-fea-usb-charging-scam-juice-jacking-20191115-aagiam3hf5hjzo2vaxbs4jcwzu-story.html


"Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities."-Voltaire

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