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Everything We Know About The Cyber Attack That Crippled America's Internet

Friday’s DDoS attack on Dyn’s domain name servers was unprecedented. The attack utilised a botnet made up of “internet of things” (IoT) devices (think: Smart TV’s, DVRs and internet-connected cameras) to take down a major piece of internet infrastructure. The result? For most of Friday, people across the United States and some parts of Europe were unable to access sites like Amazon, Twitter, CNN, PayPal and Spotify. Here’s what we know so far.

The FBI And Homeland Security Are Investigating Today's Giant Cyber Attack

According to a new report from Reuters, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are investigating the massive distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) hitting the DNS provider Dyn.

What Is DNS And Why Does It Make The Internet Break?

Today, half of America’s internet shut down when hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s still unclear exactly who carried out the attack and why, but regardless, the event served as a demonstration of how easily large swaths of the web can be wiped out if attacked by determined hackers.

This Is Probably Why Half The Internet Shut Down Yesterday

Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up yesterday. 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.

Health Kicks Actually Seem To Reverse Cell Ageing

Health kicks might help you feel better about yourself, but new research suggests that they could actually be reversing ageing at the cellular level too. A team of researchers from the University of California found that a strict regime of exercise, diet and meditation provides a genetic effect which equates to reversal of cell ageing.

Attack Via Melbourne IT Takes Down New York Times

A group claiming to be the Syrian Electronic Army has taken down the New York Times Web site by attacking the registrar that the New York Times uses. That registrar just happens to be Melbourne IT.

Why Your Internet Connection Just Had A Freakout (And How To Fix It)

There’s a chance your internet connection just fritzed out for 20 minutes or so and didn’t let you load any web pages. If you were paying attention, you’d have seen that other services, like your chatrooms or a Twitter client, kept working just fine — you just couldn’t send any data out. That’s because there was a hiccup with Google’s DNS servers. Here’s exactly what happened and how to fix it.

How China's Web Censorship Is Driving Traffic To An American Website

China’s well-known for its long and illustrious history of censoring the web. But rather than just blocking sites, it’s employing some rather strange techniques — which means the online home of a small pet spa in Miami is receiving an insane number of hits every day.

The University Of Queensland Forgot To Renew Its Domain Name

I remember being a university student. Saturdays on campus were pretty regular. Finishing assessments, meeting up for group work, cramming for a Monday morning exam or just going by the student hub for some free internet to browse Reddit on. Presumably, students at the University of Queensland were doing all of these things when all of the university’s official sites and email addresses stopped working on Saturday. The cause? The university had forgotten to renew its own domain name. Fuuuuuuuuuuuu–

How To Check If A Website Is Blocked In China

Planning a trip behind the Great Firewall of China? Make sure to check if the website you need to get stuff done is blocked before you go with this handy tool.

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