I told you so. I warned you we were on the verge of attacks that could knock the internet off, and now we’re seeing the first of them. Dyn, a major Domain Name System (DNS) service provider, is being assaulted by a global Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. Because Dyn provides DNS services for household-name websites such as AirBnB, GitHub, Spotify, Reddit, and Twitter, these sites have essentially been down for hours.
Paul Calatayud, CTO of FireMon, an internet firewall and security company, explained, “DDoS is not a new form of attack in of itself, but methods and strategies around DDoS continue to evolve in the form of larger and more orchestrated attacks. What causes me to pause and reflect most in regards to this breaking news is that Dyn DNS is a DNS Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider. Its core job is to host and manage DNS services for its clients. The impact and harm has a ripple effect.”