Caterpillar Web site among those hit by massive outage today

An excerpt from Crain’s:

(Reuters)—Cyber attacks today disrupted service on major websites such as Twitter, PayPal and Spotify, as well as service on some Chicago companies’ sites.

The city of Chicago’s website and the Illinois Secretary of State’s website both appear to be working.

The attacks were the latest in an increasingly menacing string of distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks disrupting internet sites by overwhelming servers with web traffic.

It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the attacks, which targeted the internet infrastructure provider Dyn. Gillian Christensen of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the agency was “investigating all potential causes.”

The article listed Caterpillar as a Chicago area business th lose its site during the attack.

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