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Sites across the internet suffer outage after cyberattack

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A massive cyber attack hindered access to many major websites across the internet on Friday.

On Friday morning, Dyn — a company that hosts domain name systems — announced it has been the subject of a cyber attack that caused major problems for numerous websites. People reported issues with Twitter, Spotify, SoundCloud, Vox Media sites, Airbnb and numerous other sites..

Dyn said at 9:20 a.m. ET that it resolved an attack that began at 7 a.m. ET Friday. But at 11:52 a.m. ET, the company said an attack had resumed. As of late Friday afternoon, users were still having trouble accessing a variety of major web destinations.

Brian Krebs, a security blogger who was the victim of a similar cyber attack last month, cited the firm Flashpoint and said on Twitter Friday afternoon that the attack was launched by a botnet based off of the Mirai base code, which is used to hijack internet-connected devices and use them in DDoS attacks.

Domain name systems (DNS) are essentially the GPS of the internet, taking the text URLs you type into a browser and figuring out where those websites’ data is located on the back end. So when you type mashable.com in a browser, it shows you both the real Mashable and can quickly and easily locate the nearest server that hosts the site’s data.

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