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Difficulties with internet and network dependent services today

Published: 2-25-2014 9:50 pm

Good evening,

As I am sure some of you are already aware, there were difficulties accessing the internet and in some places using a network dependent service such as a copier.

I would like to share with you what we know at this point. Early this morning we received a message from our counterparts at the State level that one or more WSC servers were initiating Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDOS) on a server within the State network. The specific attack in this particular instance is believed to be a Domain Name Server (DNS) amplification DDOS attack. When you visit a website you are usually enlisting the services provided by a DNS server. Your computer sends a request to the DNS server and it is generally configured to respond. Just as someone can "spoof" your email address and send you, or someone you know, unwanted spam messages and have it look like it was sent by you, a similar concept can occur where requests to a DNS server are spoofed.

While we were able to apply a temporary solution to restore services it will take some time to implement a permanent one.

As we have more information we'll keep you posted.

My apologies for getting this notice out late to you, we appreciate your understanding and patience.

- Nick

Wayne State College
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