October 2016: Hackers Cause Internet Outage
Here's a slideshow depicting the major U.S. news events of October 2016.
1. Police Kill Black Man in L.A. 2. FBI Announces Arrest of NSA Spy 3. FCC Fines Comcast 4. Arson Causes $2 Million in Damage to Dakota Access Pipeline 5. School Shooting in San Francisco 6. Hackers Cause Internet Blackout 7. AT&T Offers to Buy Time Warner 8. Chicago Cubs Are National League Champs 9. U.S. Judge Approves Volkswagen Deal 10. Dakota Access Pipeline: 141 Arrested 11. Oklahoma Fugitive Killed in Shootout with Police
- Hackers Cause Internet Outage
- On Oct. 21, 2016, hackers launch a massive cyberattack against the internet routing company Dyn. Dyn is a company in New Hampshire that translates domain names into IP addresses recognized by computers—basically it allows you to surf the Web. The company is under attack for 11 hours, during which time, users across the country and into Europe are intermittently blocked from accessing many popular websites including Netflix, Spotify, Tumblr and more. Dyn labels the attack as DDoS, distributed denial of service attack, in which servers are flooded with fake requests, causing real sites to stop working. Dyn says that this is not the first time this has happened but that they learn from each attack.
- Photo source: AP Photo/Jim Cole