The internet is having problems today because of a cyber attack

A second round of cyber attacks has led to more reported outages in Minnesota.
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The internet has been abuzz Friday with news that a cyber attack on a key service company had shut down web access for many people on the East Coast.

After initially resolving the issue, the company says another round of attacks has started – and reported outages are creeping into Minnesota.

The company affected is Dyn – a DNS manager that basically serves as a traffic guide for a number of huge websites. (Gizmodo compares them to an internet phone book, and says affected sites include Reddit, Twitter, Spotify, Netflix, CNN, New York Times, HBO Now, Imgur, and more.)

Dyn said Friday morning it was dealing with a DDoS attack – basically, someone was shoving way more information and traffic down Dyn's traffic tubes than they can handle. That clogs the pipes, and makes it so nothing else can get through. (There's a great Reddit "Explain Like I'm 5" explanation here – it is a common type of cyber attack.)

Around 8 a.m., the live outage map from DownDetector.com showed problems were mainly occurring on the East Coast.

Dyn said the DDoS had been stopped, and services were back to normal as of about 8:20 a.m. CST.

And then less than 3 hours later, the company said its services were under attack again, and engineers were working to mitigate the DDoS attacks.

With the second round has come wider reported outages – here's the live outage map just before 1 p.m. CST.

And Dyn said at about 2:45 p.m. it's still continuing to investigate and mitigate the attacks against its infrastructure.

CNBC reports the Department of Homeland Security said it's investigating the cause of the DDoS attack.

Also, it's National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

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