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The 10 Biggest Cloud Outages of 2016

The number of cloud outages might be decreasing, but the devastating potential of an outage was realized numerous times in 2016. Here are the 10 biggest cloud outages of 2016.

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Dyn: October 21

On Oct. 21, Internet performance management company Dyn was hit by a cyber attack, prompting widespread outages that affected some cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services, which had to reroute traffic to alternate DNS providers.

Dyn, based in Manchester, N.H., said its server infrastructure was the target of a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) that specifically impacted Managed Domain Name Servers (DNS) customers. The attack was unique in that it originated from millions of Internet of Things devices – like connected cameras and printers – that had been taken over by malicious software.

A slew of popular websites that rely on Dyn's traffic management and optimization services were either down or experiencing issues, including Twitter, Spotify and Github.

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