An internet service disruption, impacting hundreds of thousands of people, mostly along the East Coast, caused a short disruption at Lane Community College last week.
At 11:10 a.m. on Oct. 21, Dyn Incorporated began investigating an attack to their domain name services (DNS) system. This attack widely affected users on the East Coast but also caused problems for Lane Community College’s Moodle.
A DNS server is what connects a user to the website they are looking for. When users type a website into the search bar, a DNS server is what ensures that users are taken to the right website.
According to the Dyn Inc. website, this was a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. A DDoS attack is when a person attempts to overwhelm an online service by generating traffic from a multitude of different sources.
The same day this attack occurred, Lane’s IT help desk sent out a mass e-mail warning staff and students of this widespread problem. IT stated in the email, “We are aware of this issue and it is being widely reported in the news.”
The Dyn Inc. website posted on their website at 10:17 p.m. on Oct. 21 that the incident had been resolved.