Internet Outage – Don't Panic!
Yes, a number of big name websites are down, but your internet is not.
A number of popular sites and services are under siege right now suffering from a DDOS Attack. The attack has taken down Airbnb, Box, Boston Globe, Freshbooks, Github, New York Times, Reddit, Shopify, SoundCloud, Spotify and Twitter.
As a result of this DDOS, there is a massive outage of DNS provider DYN's many popular sites.
DYN is tracking the outage, and will post any news, as this is ongoing. They will announce updates as soon as they discover anything further about the length of outage, causes, and other sites affected.
They are also saying that the DDOS attack seems to be affecting its customers on the U.S. East coast, and the ones more specifically Managed by DYN.
Some European and Asian users accessing these sites do not seem not to be encountering these same problems, so it would seem this is a location based problem.
DYN engineers are working hard to determine the source and resolve all issues.
I say, Don't Panic!!!
It's definitely not the first time we've suffered from such attacks, and it will not be the last. One thing for sure, these things do pass, and usually systems that suffer from these attacks take this a notice to reinvest and strengthen their systems to be better prepared for future attacks.
In the meantime there's plenty of other things to do right now that probably deserves your attention more than the sites affected above.