Update–12:28 PM EST: The DDos attack has resumed and sites like Spotify, Amazon, Twitter, and GrubHub are back down. Ironically, no one can brag and take responsibility for the attack since all social media channels are down.
I was tight. Seriously, I was pissed. I didn’t eat breakfast, had $1 pizza for lunch, so I was looking forward to a fat dinner. I’ve got these $10 off Seamless coupons on deck at my apartment, so not only was I ready to munch, I was ready to save some money. Frugality and shit you know.
Anyway, so I get home from the gym, shower up, and plop myself on my bed, opening my laptop. I go right to Seamless to decide what’s in my hunger cloud for the night. Italian? Nah, had pizza for lunch. Asian? Also nah, I still haven’t found a reliable Chinese or Japanese spot in Hoboken and I’m starting to worry I never will. And then I had it… Mexican. F*ck Trump and his wall, I was gonna order some stomach-ethering yet endlessly enjoyable Mexican. I type my address into Seamless.
Try again. Error again.
Try a third time. Third Error.
I head over to their partner site Grubhub. Nope. Same error. Something is wrong, so I went right to Twitter to find out what was good. Everyone else was having a problem too. Shit was real. I even Tweeted about it:
I ended up eating a throwback from my broke college years: pasta, butter, garlic salt, and parmesan cheese. If you ever find yourself in a tough spot, give that banger a try. It’s legit.
Anyway, I had completely forgotten about the issue when I woke up this morning. Sure, it’s rainy AF today, but it’s a new day, with new meals, and I was ready to move on. But then I saw this article from Gizmodo: “This Is Probably Why Half the Internet Shut Down Today“. Needless to say, I quickly realized something very woke was going on.
“Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.
Domain Name Servers (DNS) act as the Internet’s phone book. Basically, they facilitate your request to go to a certain webpage and make sure you are taken to the right place. If the DNS provider that handles requests for Twitter is down, well, good luck getting to Twitter. Some websites are coming back for some users, but it doesn’t look like the problem is fully resolved.
Dyn posted this update on its website: “Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.”
They threw up a list of about 40 or so websites that were affected by the hack, and lo and behold, there they were: Seamless and Grubhub.
Crazy shit, right? Here I am thinking that Seamless just sucks a fat one and didn’t pay the rent on their domain name when it turns out there was some serious cyberterrorism going on. Who knew? 2016, man.