Ridiculously easy: How hackers took down the internet on Friday

If you live on the East Coast, you probably suffered some sort of internet slowdown yesterday.  That's because of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack carried out by as yet unknown party or parties.  The attack targeted Dyn, an internet performance company located in New Hampshire. A DDoS attack is relatively simple in concept, as this video explains: The prospect that this will happen again is the stuff of nightmares for cyber-security experts: USA Today: As part of its business, Dyn provides DNS services for a given swath of the Internet, effectively its address book. DNS stands for Domain Name System, the decentralized network of files that list the domain names human beings use, such as usatoday.com, with their numeric Internet Protocol addresses, such as, which is how computers look for websites. These are computers that contain databases of URLs and the Internet Protocol addresses they represent. "If...(Read Full Post)