Wed, May 24, 2017 | updated 02:00 PM IST

Cyber attack disrupts internet service across US, Europe

Updated: Oct 22, 2016 10:51 IST      
Cyber attack disrupts internet service across US, Europe

London [UK], Oct. 22 (ANI): United States officials are investigating multiple attacks that caused widespread online disruption on both sides of the Atlantic on Friday.

The incident took offline some of the most popular sites on the web, including Netflix, Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, CNN, PayPal, Pinterest and Fox News, as well as newspapers including the Guardian, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

The Department of Homeland Security has begun an investigation into the DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack, the Guardian reports.

The attacks seemed to have been focused on Dyn, one of the companies which manages website domains and routes internet traffic.

Amazon's web services division, the world's biggest cloud computing company, also reported an outage that lasted several hours on Friday morning.

Doug Madory, director of internet analysis at Dyn, said he was not sure if the outages at Dyn and Amazon were connected.

"We provide service to Amazon, but theirs is a complex network so it is hard to be definitive about causality," he said.

Dyn said it first became aware of the attack shortly after 7am ET on Friday. "We began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS [distributed denial-of-service] attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure," the company said on its website.

The company sent out updates throughout the day, confirming a second attack at about noon and a third just after 4 p.m.

Analysts say that the DDoS attacks are also becoming more common.

The firm said it was still trying to determine how the attack led to the outage. "Our first priority over the last couple of hours has been our customers and restoring their performance," said executive vice-president Scott Hilton.

The tech website Gizmodo wrote: "This new wave of attacks seems to be affecting the West Coast of the United States and Europe. It's so far unclear how the two attacks are related, but the outages are very similar." (ANI)

Pope Francis welcomes Trump at the Vatican

Updated: May 24, 2017 13:51 IST     

Vatican City, May 24 (ANI): Head of the Roman Catholic Church Pope Francis today welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump to the Vatican for their first face-to-face meeting.

Full Story >>

Washington [U.S.], May 24 (ANI): The White House has reportedly backtracked on its initial plans to almost eliminate the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Full Story >>

Pakistan Mirage jets fly over Siachen Glacier

Updated: May 24, 2017 12:36 IST     

Skardu [Pakistan], May 24 (ANI): Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter jets conducted flights near the Siachen Glacier on Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Trump Admin to give 'loan' to Pak instead of military grant

Updated: May 24, 2017 12:22 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], May 24 (ANI): The recently proposed Trump administration's budget would convert some of the United States' foreign military aide to some countries, including Pakistan, to loans, to slash spending on diplomacy, aid and programmes abroad by more than 29 per cent.

Full Story >>

Islamabad High Court allows Uzma to return to India

Updated: May 24, 2017 11:31 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], May 24 (ANI): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has allowed Indian national Uzma, who has accused her Pakistani husband of marrying her at gunpoint, to return to India and has also ordered police to provide her security till the Wagah Border.

Full Story >>

CPEC may fuel Indo-Pak tension: UN report

Updated: May 24, 2017 10:32 IST     

Bangkok [Thailand] May 24 (ANI): A recent United Nations report has said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) might create geopolitical tensions with India and ignite political instability as the India-Pakistan dispute over Kashmir is a matter of concern.

Full Story >>

Trump administration proposes budget cuts for social programs

Updated: May 24, 2017 10:27 IST     

Washington D. C. [USA], May 24 (ANI): The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled a budget looking to boost defense spending and seeking cuts in social programs for poor.

Full Story >>

Manchester [U.K.], May 24 (ANI): The Manchester terrorist attack that claimed 22 innocent lives has shaken people around the world, as the victims in the blast are now beginning to be identified.

Full Story >>

Viral 'hand-swat': Melania snubs Trump..again!

Updated: May 24, 2017 09:58 IST     

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): With the drama over Melania swatting off Donald Trump's hand in Riyadh still going viral on the social media, the first lady has done it yet again.

Full Story >>

Australia, Brazil worry as China lifts ban on 'American beef'

Updated: May 24, 2017 09:30 IST     

Beijing [China], May 24 (ANI): Brazil and Australia now have something to worry about as Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a nod to U.S. beef import following the first meet with U.S. President Donald Trump, in April.

Full Story >>

Kathmandu [Nepal], May 24 (ANI): At least four climbers including a woman mountaineer were found dead inside their tent at a high altitude camp on Mt Everest, taking this year's death toll of the spring climbing season to at least nine.

Full Story >>

Beijing [China], May 24 (ANI): Concluding its four-day visit to Myanmar, the Chinese navy fleet conducted its first joint naval drill with Myanmar's navy on Sunday.

Full Story >>

Pak to propose 'red lines' for social media service providers

Updated: May 24, 2017 08:40 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], May 24 (ANI): As Pakistan has declared a crackdown on online anti-army campaigners as well as those circulating blasphemous content, the federal government on Tuesday revealed its plan to draw 'red lines' for the social media service providers for operating in the country.

Full Story >>

Suicide bombing claims five lives in Somalia

Updated: May 24, 2017 07:05 IST     

Bossaso [Somalia], May 24 (ANI): At least five people were killed after a suicide bomber targeted a military checkpoint in Somalia's coastal town of Bossaso, local media reports said.

Full Story >>

Turkey, U.S. discuss Syrian refugee crisis

Updated: May 24, 2017 06:44 IST     

Ankara [Turkey], May 24 (ANI): Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley discussed the Syrian refugee crisis during their meeting on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

Manila [Philippines], May 24 (ANI): Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in entire southern region of Mindanao following deadly clashes erupting between government troops and Islamist militants on Tuesday, local media reports said.

Full Story >>

London [UK], May 24 (ANI): The UK terror threat level has been raised to its highest level from severe to 'critical' after the Manchester Arena bombing that claimed 22 lives and injured several others, signifying that another attack may be imminent.

Full Story >>

Ethiopia's Tedros Ghebreyesus is new WHO chief

Updated: May 24, 2017 03:56 IST     

Geneva [Switzerland], May 24 (ANI): A former Ethiopian health minister, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been elected the new Director-General of World Health Organization (WHO).

Full Story >>

Rawalpindi [Pakistan], May 24 (ANI): Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that any hostile action anywhere along the country's frontiers shall be responded most befittingly.

Full Story >>

Turkey failed coup: More than 200 suspects on trial

Updated: May 23, 2017 22:52 IST     

London [U.K.], May 23 (ANI): Turkey has begun the trial of more than 200 suspects including senior military officers accused of plotting and orchestrating 2016 failed coup.

Full Story >>