The map was created by DownDetector, a company that tracks such outages.(Photo: DownDetector) Dyn, a New Hampshire-based company that monitors and routes Internet traffic, was the victim of a massive attack that began at 7:10 a.m.
The most recent example has been the release of emails stolen from the servers of the Democratic National Committee, which U.S.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the Department of Homeland Security was “monitoring the situation" but that “at this point I don’t have any information about who may be responsible for this malicious activity.” So far Dyn has not been able to ascertain whether the attack is aimed at any specific customer.
DNS stands for Domain Name System, the decentralized network of files that link the domain names human beings use, such as usatoday.com, with their numeric Internet Protocol addresses, such as 220.127.116.11, which is how computers look for websites.
The attack hit the Dyn server that contains that address book, a service Dyn provides to multiple Internet companies.