Hackers cut access to some of the world's best known websites on Friday
On Friday, a number of leading websites witnessed widespread service disruptions across the US because of a complex attack unleashed by hackers on the Internet.
The disruptions followed a disclosure by New Hampshire-based infrastructure firm called Dyn -- whose servers monitor and reroute Internet traffic -- that it had been hit by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. The company said that it started experiencing the attack at around 7 a. m.
As a result of the Internet attack unleashed by hackers, some of the well-known websites which remained inaccessible to users included Twitter, Paypal, Netflix, Spotify, Reddit, Airbnb, Etsy, SoundCloud and The New York Times, among others.
Reports about the inaccessibility of some of the world's major websites first came in from Internet users on the US East Coast on Friday morning; and then, during the day, from other parts of the country as well as from Europe.
The complex attack on the Internet was carried out by hackers with the help of thousands of commonly-used interconnected devices, which were laden with malware in order to cause the service outages for major websites.
With the sophisticated Internet attack being investigated by the US Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kyle York -- chief strategy officer at Dyn -- said: "The complexity of the attacks is what's making it very challenging for us."
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