Last week (Friday) you may or may not have been affected by a DDoS attack. DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Service. It is an attempt to overwhelm a site with traffic from many sources to bring a site offline. They can use malicious software to bring this about as well through emails, websites, and social media.
This happened to several sites this past Friday. There were attacks in the morning, at noon, and in the afternoon. Dyn is a DNS (domain name server) company that provides services to many of the sites that were brought down on Friday. DNS servers are located throughout the world and are what allows you to find a website when you type it in your address bar.
Some of the affected sites were Amazon, Twitter, Netflix, Etsy, Github, and Spotify. In answer to the attacks GitHub moved to an unaffected DNS provider on Friday. For those unfamiliar with GitHub, it is a service for people to upload their open source code for others to freely use.
The Victor Crew