How Amazon responded to the Dyn DDoS attack
- Amazon Web Services had some customers affected by the massive DDoS attack on DNS provider Dyn last week, said AWS CEO Andy Jassy, speaking at the The Wall Street Journal's WSJDLive 2016 global technology conference.
- AWS responded to the outages by shutting down its Dyn DNS use shortly after the attack started and rerouting the affected traffic to alternative providers, Jassy said. The move lessened service disruptions to its customers.
- Dyn is one of several providers of DNS services to AWS.
Despite the massive attack last week, the web is still "the most secure place for companies to run their computing," Jassy said. But those companies that are skeptical may be hesitant to trust providers. A SANS Institute survey on cloud security released earlier this month found trust in the cloud declined among information security professionals over the past year.
The DDoS attack that hit Dyn Friday was a sophisticated, highly distributed attack involving "10s of millions of IP addresses," the company said in a statement over the weekend. The attack, which came in three waves, disrupted service for many users trying to reach Twitter, Etsy, Github, Spotify, Reddit, Netflix and SoundCloud, among others, throughout the day on Friday.
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