*Cyber attack disrupts Twitter, Netflix, and Spotify service

By Rob Verger   …..

The Internet services company Dyn was hit by a cyber attack Friday, disrupting web traffic on the east coast of the United States, the company reported on its website.

A slew of major web sites were affected by what was described as a DDoS, or a distributed denial of service attack, that caused widespread problems across the Internet.

As of now, sites taken down by the DDoS attack today:

• Twitter • SoundCloud • Spotify • Netflix • Reddit • Disqus • PayPal • Shopify + more

“Starting at 11:10 UTC [7:10 EDT] on October 21st-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS [domain name system] infrastructure,” Dyn reported. Dyn said the attack was resolved less than two hours later, by 9:20 EDT.

But then reports of an additional attack surfaced later on Friday, and the company once again reported problems. 

“As of [11:52 am], we have begun monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure,” the company said on its website. “Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue.”

On Twitter on Friday afternoon, “DDoS” became the top trending topic, with over 55,000 tweets mentioning the attack.

Gary Miliefsky, the CEO of Snoopwall, told FoxNews.com that DDoS attacks are common and can be launched cheaply.

“[They] have become so frequent and due to the massively deployed secret botnets (malware running on computers all over the globe), you can lease a DDoS attack against any target, like Dyn, for a very low cost,” he said in an email. “In addition, with the exponential power of computing, one can build DoS equipment for less than $300

Some companies like Spotify took to Twitter to report problems Friday morning.

“Uh oh, we’re having some issues right now and investigating,” the company reported at 8:59 am. “We’ll keep you updated!”

Later, they announced that the problem had been fixed, but then tweeted again at 12:31 pm that they were having more issues.

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