WHEN: 10/21/2016 Duration: Beginning early morning
WHERE: Many websites across the country
Current Status: Closed
Description: A leading DNS (Domain Name Service) provider "Dyn" is under attack from a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that has effectively taken their services offline multiple times today. DNS is the service that works like a phonebook and directs users to the correct server based on the server name typed into a browser. If DNS does not respond or provide an accurate answer the access to the service is effectively blocked. Due to Dyn's position as a leading provider of DNS services, their outage is causing wide-spread issues connecting to many other leading web sites including:
- Business Insider
- Fox News
- HBO Now
- Iheart.com (iHeartRadio)
- New York Times
- Playstation Network
- Squarespace Customer Sites
- Starbucks rewards/gift cards
- The Verge
- .... and many more.
Service(s) Impacted: Reeher & PeopleAdmin (employment.plu.edu) appears to be the only PLU services currently affected, but many non-PLU services are impacted from both on-campus as well as off-campus.
Workarounds: None available at this time.
Estimated Time to Resolution or Next Update: None available at this time.
Root Cause / Continuous Improvement: DDoS