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Tuesday, 16 June 2020 20:07

Multiple US sites experiencing issues. DDoS? Featured

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At around 4am AEST, customers of multiple US-based telecommunication providers started to experience connectivity issues.

In addition to the Telcos, multiple other services have experienced problems through the day. These include US Bank, Instagram, Chase, Call of Duty, Snapchat, XBOX Live, Facebook, Fortnite, Playstation Network, Grand Theft Auto, YouTube, Twitter, Hulu, Netflix, Twitch, USPS, Discord, EA, Reddit, Facebook Messenger, Amazon and TikTok. There are many others.

According to data provided by Down Detector there appears to have been a coordinated attack on the major US communication very close to 2pm US Eastern Time, Monday.

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The graphs indicate that some companies appeared to have instigated mitigation strategies relatively quickly others (not shown in this image) were even quicker.

Other sites, such as Google, Twitch and YouTube also suffered at the same time. Many of the other sites listed earlier suffered at a later time in the day.

It has been assumed by many that this was a DDoS attack, however, that seems highly unlikely as any attack that can summon the efforts of the largest botnet is generally only able to bring down one major site - there simply aren't enough 'drones' to affect so many large sites.

Instead, this has the appearances of a BGP attack. Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) manages the connections between independently operated networks to inform them of reachability. Updates are regularly exchanged, however there is little security on these updates, and they can easily be faked. This seems the more likely attack channel.

Updates will be provided as they become available.


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David Heath

David Heath has had a long and varied career in the IT industry having worked as a Pre-sales Network Engineer (remember Novell NetWare?), General Manager of IT&T for the TV Shopping Network, as a Technical manager in the Biometrics industry, and as a Technical Trainer and Instructional Designer in the industrial control sector. In all aspects, security has been a driving focus. Throughout his career, David has sought to inform and educate people and has done that through his writings and in more formal educational environments.

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