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Department of Homeland Security launches urgent investigation as massive ongoing series of cyber attacks take down thousands of sites including Amazon, Spotify, Reddit and Twitter

  • Github, SoundCloud and PayPal also reported to be down 
  • Some of Amazon’s cloud services also believed to have been hit
  • Outage appeared to be primarily affecting web users on the US East Coast 
  • Second wave of attacks began around 1PM ET
  • Department of Homeland Security ‘investigating all potential causes’
  • The ongoing interruption of its network resulting from a DDoS attack
  • DDoS attacks are a primitive form of hacking using botnets – networks of computers that hackers bring under their control 

A massive co-ordinated series of cyber attacks has forced hundreds of major websites from Amazon to Twitter offline across the globe.

The Department of Homeland Security launched an urgent investigation into the crash, amid claims it could be a precursor to an attempt to disrupt the US Presidential election.

Internet service company Dyn, which controls the ‘address book’ of the internet for dozens of major companies, said that it had suffered its first denial of service (DDoS) attack shortly after 6AM ET (11AM BST), in an attack that mostly affected the east coast of the US.

 

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