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People Had a Total Meltdown Over the Internet Outage

See the emotional responses to the DDoS attack that caused widespread Internet problems

Internet users collectively lost it when they reported widespread problems across some popular sites on Friday morning.

The outage, mainly affecting the northeast U.S., seems to have been brought on by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Dyn, an Internet company that hosts a variety of widely used platforms, though it is currently unclear why this happened.

Writing on its website Friday morning, Dyn said it had been the subject of an attack, adding that “some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time.” Service has since been restored, according to DNS status reports.

But even though it was just one morning, Internet-reliant people struggled with “that feeling when” they were cut off from the world. As users woke up to find that sites like Twitter, Reddit, Spotify, Paypal, SoudCloud, and several other platforms appeared to go dark or experience problems, several were able to take to Twitter to express a rainbow of emotions on Friday’s access issues.

The consequences were dire for several people, as the information age took a major hit:

Some put forth theories, or criticized the system’s wind preparedness.

Others saw the humor in the situation.

At least one kind soul offered comfort to those affected:

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