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How massive DDoS attacks are undermining the Internet

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Friday morning, I awoke to find that our company-wide single sign-on and cloud storage was disrupted due to the massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against domain host Dyn.

This attack was big, disrupting consumer services like Spotify and Netflix, all the way to enterprise-grade providers like Heroku and Zendesk. Once the dust has settled, it’s likely that this attack will have impacted more people, in more ways, than any other in memory.

A DoS attack is an attempt to make something on the network unavailable to users, for example, a website. A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) is when the attack is launched by many unique IP addresses—or, as in this case, devices—all aiming traffic at one or multiple targets. The target simply crumbles under the pressure of so much traffic. – READ MORE

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  • Sovereign_Citizen

    I don’t know who you people pay to advise you or take care of your IT but ANYONE who ever recommends you put your stuff in the “cloud” should immediately be punched in the face and then shot for sheer stupidity.

    The fix for this issue took about 10 seconds on computers unprepared and it involved nothing any more difficult that adding in a couple of extra DNS server IP’s. That’s it.

    Here is how it works:

    The DNS crap everyone is talking about today are servers that keep track of IP Addresses and the WEB Addresses that they go to. For Example: everyone knows http://www.google.com. Most people do not know that one of Google’s IP address’s is 216.58.194.100.

    So the DNS server matches the NAME with the IP and off you go to whatever you are doing or looking up.

    Many ISP’s in America have small DNS servers that replicate this information at the ISP…the issue is though is that they pretty much mirror their info off the real DNS servers and if the real ones go down or aren’t working then neither the real nor the ISP ones are intact. Meaning your browser can’t get you where you are going or want to go:(

    So, how to fix. First, get rid of your current DNS servers, look at what OS you have and then look up how to switch them.

    Go with DNS servers that have a 100% reliability <—-This is KEY!
    Grab one or two from each continent…literally:) one from the east coast of America, one from the West Coast of Canada, one from England, one from Romania, one from Bahrain, one from Australia and one from Hong Kong. Add them in. At this point, you should be VERY VERY VERY well protected from any DNS server outages anywhere on the planet.

    And fire anyone who recommends the "Cloud".

    You are welcome.

    PS – if you are unsure about any of this, run it by your IT person or some local geek. They will verify and validate it. And then demand a credit on your account for them being unprepared and you having to find it out yourself on the internet.