Amazon Web Services experiences DDoS Cyber Attack


On October 22nd,2019, Amazon Web Services (AWS) experienced a Distributed Denial of Service(DDoS) Attack between 10:30 AM and 6:30 AM PDT. Details such as who launched the attack and the financial impact are yet to be probed. But the cloud services giant offered an update early today that the issue has been resolved and all its services were up and working normally.


As per the details available to Cybersecurity Insiders, a small portion of customers started to experience network issues when the websites and apps hosted on the said cloud services platform became unavailable.


When the customers facing outage tried to contact Amazon’s Support Agents, some of them received the answer that the DNS servers of the technology services provider were being hampered by a DDoS attack, where hackers try to target the systems with enormous amounts of fake web traffic to route 53.


AWS Support Agents later clarified that their company’s DNS systems were being jammed by a floor of packets, with some domain name queries hitting the servers. This led to a situation where the legitimate apps and websites couldn’t contact back-end Amazon Hosted Systems, such as data storage related S3 Storage buckets, resulting in error messages to most or blank pages to some of the users.


Note 1- According to a survey conducted by Synergy Group, Amazon owns 34% of Cloud Business on a worldwide note while Microsoft, Google, and IBM have only 11%,8% and 6% of the respective share.


Note 2- Instead of building an on-premises data center, it is better to obtain computing capacity on lease- claims AWS marketing theme.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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