This mesmerizing map shows what cyber attacks look like

Mashable! by Nicole Gallucci


The global cyber war is raging on, and this mesmerizing map shows just how serious it has become.

Yesterday’s internet-destroying outages were caused by “amateurish” IoT malware

Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

Some of the internet’s most popular, well-defended services — including Twitter — were knocked offline yesterday by a massive denial-of-service attack that security experts are blaming on botnets made from thousands of hacked embedded systems in Internet of Things devices like home security cameras and video recorders. (more…)

Hackers broke the internet today — here’s how

The Next Web by Bryan Clark

After a large-scale distributed denial of service attack took down large portions of the internet today, Dyn reported our connected devices could be responsible for the attack. Here’s how it works:

How an attack on a company you’ve never heard of crushed the internet

Mashable! by Karissa Bell

Much of the Internet was brought to a screeching halt Friday as a cyberattack on a company many had previously never heard of brought down many of the most popular online services, including Twitter and Spotify.

Why hackers choose DDoS attacks

Mashable! by Emma Hinchliffe

The cyberattack that immobilized a large chunk of the internet on Friday may have seemed complex. In fact, the type attack that hackers employed to cut off access to some of the world’s biggest websites was strikingly simple.

The entire internet is struggling after massive outage

Mashable! by Nicole Gallucci

The internet is going down, people. Friday morning’s cyberattack on Dyn — a company that hosts some major domain name systems — caused a horrific chain of events for the internet, one of the worst outages resulting from an attack.

The most ironic thing about this massive internet attack

Mashable! by Colin Daileda

Knowing a lot about something doesn’t always mean you can stop it. Two days before a massive distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) shut down a huge chunk of the internet on Friday, a researcher at the server provider under assault gave a presentation on just that kind of attack.

Sites across the internet suffer outage after cyberattack

Mashable! by Emma Hinchliffe

Sites across the internet had problems on Friday morning following a cyberattack on a major internet management company.

The one thing you need to do to stop your home devices from getting hacked

Mashable! by Jenni Ryall

A massive cyber attack on Friday used a system of smart devices like cameras and DVRs to attack important internet infrastructure, leading to widespread problems for some of the web’s most popular destinations.

What We Know About Friday’s Massive East Coast Internet Outage

Wired Top Stories by Lily Hay Newman

DNS service Dyn faces DDoS attacks.

DNS provider Dyn facing another massive DDoS attack — Twitter, Github, Reddit + more impacted

The Next Web by Bryan Clark

After this morning’s massive DDoS attack affecting the likes of Twitter, Reddit, AirBnB and many others, everything seemed to be fixed and functioning as usual.

Blame the Internet of Things for Destroying the Internet Today — Oct 21, 1:35 PM

A massive botnet of hacked Internet of Things devices has been implicated in the cyberattack that caused a significant internet outage on Friday. The botnet, which is powered by the malware known as Mirai, is in part responsible for the attack that…

Internet traffic firm Dyn warns of new attack, earlier assault impacted many

CNBC — Berkeley Lovelace Jr. — Oct 21

Internet traffic company Dyn on Friday warned of another cyber attack after earlier in the day websites and services across the East Coast were shut down. ‘We have begun monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed (Domain Name

Massive Internet Outage Could Be a Sign of Things to Come

MIT Technology Review

Hackers have shown how they could take down the Internet.

Major U.S. websites inaccessible in “cyber attack” on domain name system

Boing Boing by Rob Beschizza

Much of the web struggled to stay on its feet today, with outages bringing down U.S.-based services and sites such as Amazon, Twitter and Netflix. A massive distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on Dyn DNS is reportedly the cause: as a popular provider of domain-name lookup services, it falling over means that browsers simply don’t know where to find websites

A massive DDOS attack against Dyn DNS is causing havoc online [Updated]

The Next Web by Matthew Hughes

A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against DynDNS is causing havoc online, with many major websites reportedly unavailable. According to Dyn DNS, the attack started at 11:10 UTC, and it targeted its managed DNS service. The Domain Name System (DNS) is a tool used to resolve human-readable web addresses (like “”) against IP addresses.