As you may have read, on Tuesday August 27, 2013, a number of very popular web properties suffered from a DNS-based attack for which the hacking group the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) has taken credit.
Sites such as nytimes.com, huffingtonpost.com, and sharethis.com were affected among a few others. During the period of the attack, Internet users attempting to connect to the affected websites were instead connected to a server under the control of the SEA.
The good news is that OpenDNS customers had a starkly different experience of the attack than the wider Internet.
Through the predictive power of the Security Graph, we labeled the SEA server in question as malicious previous to the attack, so anyone using either Umbrella or our free service was already protected. Furthermore, we were able to restore the correct IP addresses for the impacted web sites and return normal service to our users much faster than the rest of the Internet.
To read more about these attacks and how OpenDNS was able to protect you, please read our CEO David's blog post:
A basic overview of the attack for those interested can be found here: