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      • #2369941
        ClearThunder
        AskWoody Plus

        A massive attack of some sort is underway and is affecting servers, including Cloud servers, across the planet.   So far,  the US government (congress) is partially affected, web sites that host media and law enforcement, and some cloud servers that host domestic and foreign sites are hanging, freezing, or just plain unavailable.  Even Gmail has been running slow.

        Earlier today, most of the Cloud was rained out, and anyone with data stored on servers affected were not able to access it.  Hopefully, those who store their data on the cloud did not have their data compromised.

        As of this writing, the attack was still ongoing.

         

        "Censorship is thought control" ----- Ronald Reagan

      • #2369943
        Alex5723
        AskWoody Plus

        Fastly CDN issue. Fixed.

      • #2369944
        Susan Bradley
        Manager

        I read that nearly all traffic goes through about four content distributing networks.  No attack, just reliance on the same cloud infrastruture.

        Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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      • #2369948
        ClearThunder
        AskWoody Plus

        This is obviously a multifaceted attack.  Sixty members of congress have been hit with Ransomware when their servers came back online this morning.

        "Censorship is thought control" ----- Ronald Reagan

        • #2369952
          Susan Bradley
          Manager

          Not an attack.  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9664229/60-members-Congress-parties-victims-latest-ransomware-attack.html that’s not related.  And that’s 60 people also going through one service.

          Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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        • #2369971
          PaulK
          AskWoody Lounger

          Everyone needs to be careful about connecting dots – when the dots are nowhere near each other.
          There is a thought-provoking article that is tangential to this – essentially that of creating fake news which triggers hot-button responses. See this article.

          My take-away is: Don’t believe every scare item that rolls across. Wait for authenticated reports, and only half-believe them if something seems to be implausible. (Example – and this may start a flame attack – the recommendations to get Covid-19 inoculations. For everyone eligible.)

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      • #2369951
        OscarCP
        AskWoody Plus

        Thanks, Clear Thunder.

        I have searched for more information on this and found some very recent reports, including the one below. It seems the outages were caused by a problem at a Web services provider and has now been taken care of:

        https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/06/08/business/economy-stock-market-news

        Excerpt:

        Several major websites, including those of the British government, The New York Times, CNN, The Financial Times and The Guardian, were briefly inaccessible for many users on Tuesday morning.

        According to Downdetector.com, which tracks internet disruptions, sites including Etsy, Hulu, PayPal, Reddit, Twitch and Twitter also reported problems.

        Many of the affected sites appeared to have been restored after a little less than an hour.

        The outage was connected to Fastly, a provider of cloud computing services used by scores of companies to improve the speed and reliability of their websites. Fastly later said on its website that the issue had been identified and that a fix was being made.

        Fastly works on technology known as a content delivery network, which is a highly distributed network of servers used to reduce the distance between a server and user, and increase the speed at which a website loads.

        Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group W (ex B) & macOS Mojave + Linux (Mint)

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        • #2369953
          Fred
          AskWoody Plus

          Susan and Oscar are right.

          https://nos.nl/artikel/2384191-populaire-websites-down-door-storing-bij-een-bedrijf-hoe-kan-dat

          A little Google/Bing translate might help.

           

          ~
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          • #2370437
            doriel
            AskWoody Lounger

            Good article. Translator helped me a lot 🙂 Centralized solutions are tempting targets. But also making technology available to wide public. If the solution is “centralized” its vulnerable. I think people forgot, that world, life, animals, planet, universe is not about best mobile phone and connection. Its like we have been brainwashed and forgot about important things sometimes.

            Dell Latitude E6530, Intel Core i5 @ 2.6 GHz, 4GB RAM, W10 20H2 Enterprise

            HAL3000, AMD Athlon 200GE @ 3,4 GHz, 8GB RAM, Fedora 29

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      • #2370243
        Cybertooth
        AskWoody Plus

        There’s an informative write-up on this incident here.

        Amazing how one random action by a single user can wreak havoc on a wide swath of the Internet. What happened in this case may not have been a deliberate cyber-attack, but…

        “CDNs are part of the internet’s critical infrastructure and if threat actors hadn’t already cottoned on to this as a direct attack vector to bring down the internet, they will now after monitoring [Tuesday’s] misfortunate events,” said Jake Moore, a cybersecurity specialist at security firm ESET in a statement.

         

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      • #2370275
        HiFlyer
        AskWoody Plus

        Fastly sez one customer reconfigured his internet connection and started the outage.

        https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/how-one-fastly-customer-broke-the-internet/ar-AAKSfMA

         

      • #2370428
        Paul T
        AskWoody MVP

        Fastly sez one customer reconfigured his internet connection and started the outage

        Not our fault. Don’t blame us.

        I’m sure I’ve heard that before somewhere!?

        cheers, Paul

        • #2370454
          PaulK
          AskWoody Lounger

          Full reference.

          Nick Rockwell
          Senior Vice President of Engineering and Infrastructure

          We experienced a global outage due to an undiscovered software bug that surfaced on June 8 when it was triggered by a valid customer configuration change.

          On May 12, we began a software deployment that introduced a bug that could be triggered by a specific customer configuration under specific circumstances.

          Early June 8, a customer pushed a valid configuration change that included the specific circumstances that triggered the bug, which caused 85% of our network to return errors.

      • #2370478
        HiFlyer
        AskWoody Plus

        Re: 2369971
        The link you recommend reading

        https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2021/june/canceled-combat-get-ready-smear-war

        from US Naval Institute Proceedings IMHO is excellent.   Thanks HF

         

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