AUSTIN (KXAN) — A cyberattack is disrupting the internet across the United States.
New Hampshire-based Dyn said its server infrastructure was hit by a distributed denial-of-service attack, which works by overwhelming targeted machines with malicious electronic traffic. The company said in a series of statements that the attack took place early Friday local time and created disruption.
The level of disruption caused was hard to gauge, but Dyn provides internet traffic optimization to some of the biggest names on the web, including Twitter, Netflix and Visa. Users who logged on early Friday morning noticed the outages.
South by Southwest has extended their discount registration deadline until 11:59 p.m. pacific time on Oct. 24 due to the widespread outages.
According to techcrunch.com, other sites experiencing issues include Box, Boston Globe, New York Times, Github, Airbnb, Reddit, Freshbooks, Heroku and Vox Media properties.
As of 1:50 p.m. CST, Dyn stated on its website: the advanced monitoring issue has been resolved. Our engineers are still investigating and mitigating the attacks on our infrastructure.
Last month, security issues blogger Bruce Schneier wrote “Some of the major companies that provide the basic infrastructure that makes the internet work have seen an increase in DDoS attacks against them.”
With additional reporting by the Associated Press