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AWS servers hit by sustained DDoS attack, Making us All Say "It's Always DNS"

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If you aren't familiar with Route 53 on AWS, it's a Domain Management module.  So, the DDoS attack battered the records that tie IP addresses to FQDNs.

From 6:30pm BST on Tuesday, a handful of customers suffered an outage to services while the attack persisted, lasting until approximately 2:30am on Wednesday morning, when services to the Route 53 DNS were restored. This was the equivalent of a full working day in some parts of the US.

Amazon also encouraged users to specify the region their bucket was in when trying to update the configuration of clients.

What have we learned?

Anything can be attacked. Hopefully, you didn't have to learn that, as that is the mantra of anyone working in IT (Right after "It's always DNS").  After all, there is no cloud, it's just someone else's computer:


You still need backups, though I admit I'm not sure how you'd store DNS records (Though I can configure them in Cisco Command Line Interface (CLI)). Certainly you can write down "Yahoo! is 72.30.35.9" in notepad, but is there an actual style of how to keep DNS records on our machines? Let me know if so.

Also, that is the first time I visited Yahoo!s front page in years...it's very white-spacey and tabloid-y.

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