How A Single Attack Can Take Down A Big Chunk Of The Internet
The internet's address book sends you to the sites you want — and when it breaks, it can break everything else.By Evan Thomas | October 21, 2016
Much of the U.S. woke up to find a cyberattack had slowed down or outright blocked access to a bunch of big-name websites. But how does a single attack take down Twitter, Spotify and Soundcloud all at once?
Simple: It hits the right part of the network: the address book.
The Domain Name System is the internet's directory. When you type a website into your browser, the DNS translates that text into the unique address of the server you're looking for.