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DNS Provider DDoSed leading to Internet outage in Mid West and East Cost United States Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, The New York Times, others unavailable to US visitors Internet service was disrupted for many people in the Eastern and Mid-West United States on Friday after a web-hosting service was attacked by hackers. The outage was massive as can be seen in the image below. DNS Provider DDoSed leading to Internet outage in Mid West and East Cost United States The outage occurred after unknown hackers launched a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Dyn Inc., a significant Domain Name Server provider. “Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time,” Dyn said in a note posted on its website. “Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue.” Twitter, Spotify, Reddit and The New York Times, among other sites, were all reported to be disrupted, according to numerous postings from people on social media. According to a post on Hacker News , these sites have been affected with many being unable to use their services. Though reports suggested that it is mostly those based on the US east coast users who are unable to access the Internet, but some European users are also complaining about non-availability of websites.
So why change a system that isn’t broken? The US insists it’s handing over control because it considers the private-sector internet sufficiently “mature.” There are rumblings that Edward Snowden’s disclosures about US government surveillance in 2013 raised uncomfortable questions about American dominance of key internet infrastructure. China and Russia have also supported calls for the system to be overseen by the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union instead of ICANN.
When the handover is complete, the naming system will be in the hands of ICANN, a “multi-stakeholder” organization whose members include governments, tech giants, and other entities who might have a vested interest in controlling the system. The US government says it’s done a study that shows the chances of ICANN being steered by a government pursuing its own agenda to be “extremely remote.“
originally posted by: Vizzle
a reply to: queenofswords
no, it has nothing to do with ICANN