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HACK ATTACK CAUSES INTERNET BLACKOUT --
'TRIAL RUN' FEARS

HACK ATTACK CAUSES INTERNET BLACKOUT -- 'TRIAL RUN' FEARS

 HACK ATTACK CAUSES INTERNET BLACKOUT

'TRIAL RUN' FEARS

MASHABLE

Sites across the internet had problems on Friday morning following a cyberattack on a major internet management company.

On Friday morning, Dyn — a company that hosts domain name systems — announced it has been the subject of a cyberattack that caused major problems for numerous websites. People reported issues with Twitter, Spotify, SoundCloud, Vox Media sites, Airbnb and numerous other sites.

SEE ALSO: It's war: U.S. officially blames Russia for recent hacks

Domain name systems (DNS) are essentially the GPS of the internet, taking the text URLs you type into a browser and figuring out where those websites’ data is located on the back end. So when you type mashable.com in a browser, it shows you both the real Mashable and can quickly and easily locate the nearest server that hosts the site’s data. 

The attack was resolved as of 9:20 a.m. EST, Dyn said. 

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