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Several major websites impacted after hacking attack

Amazon, Etsy, Twitter among those hit
Posted: 11:18 AM, Oct 21, 2016
Updated: 2016-10-21 15:18:34Z

Amazon, Twitter, Etsy, Spotify and other major websites were slowed to a crawl in certain areas after a massive hack impacted the sites on the East Coast, according to DYN, a company that hosts Domain Name Servers. 

A DDoS attack — an attack where hackers stifle meaningful data from coming through by glutting the server with useless data and repeated load requests — hit DYN on Friday morning, according to Business Insider

DYN  said it had fixed the issue shortly after 9:30 a.m. Eastern. Downdetector.com published a map showing where the outages were hitting. Click here to see the outage map. 

DYN hosts Domain Name Servers, which help computers translate browsers, according to Business Insider. 

Hacker News reported the following sites were impacted. 

  • DYN
  • Twitter
  • Etsy
  • Github
  • Soundcloud
  • Spotify
  • Heroku
  • Pagerduty
  • Shopify
  • Amazon

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