Sunday 22 January 2017

Twitter and spotify services disrupted by cyber attack

Published 21/10/2016 | 14:55

Photo: Reuters
Photo: Reuters

Twitter and Spotify are among a host of websites hit by a cyber attack that has disrupted service for many users around the world.

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A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on domain name system provider Dyn has left many users - predominately in the US - unable to access services also including SoundCloud, AirBnB and Reddit.

A DDoS attack is when a website is flooded with traffic until it can no longer support it and is forced offline.

As Dyn is part of the support network of a number of major sites, the issue has quickly spread to a number of popular service.

The attack was first reported on website Hacker News, which named social media giant Twitter along with music service Spotify among a list of "sites down", though users in the UK have been mostly unaffected by the issue, with reports suggesting those based in the north-east US have been worst-hit.

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