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Cyber attack stops Twitter, other sites from working

CALIFORNIA: Major internet services including Twitter and Spotify suffered outages on Friday as a US internet provider said it had come under attack.

The internet service company Dyn said on its website that it had suffered a denial of service attack, AFP said.

A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack has taken down systems run by Dyn, Inc, one of the largest providers of internet services in the world.

Dyn runs domain name servers or DNS. They work as a phone book or map to the internet, making sure that when someone writes an address into their computer or phone, it can be directed to the right place and show the right information.

The Independent cited the Dyn, Inc as saying that the attack was mainly hitting the East part of the US. “But because it is hitting the tools used to make websites load, it can cause problems across the world on various sites.”

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