UPDATED 6/15 2045 with Cloudflare CEO saying this is NOT a DDOS attack
A nationwide outage has rendered some of the largest cell phone providers to go down. In what some are claiming could be one of the Nation’s largest Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks.
T-Mobile recently also tweeted “Our engineers are working to resolve a widespread routing issue affecting voice & text. Customers may experience longer care wait times. Please try third-party calling apps (FaceTime, WhatsApp, Signal) as a temp solution.” A Distributed Denial of Service attack involves millions of fake users create strain on servers and overload them, causing services to be unreachable by real users.
T-Mobile users seem to be the most affected, with thousands of users reporting outages all across the United States. While T-Mobile acknowledges the outage, they have not confirmed a DDOS attack on their servers.
IT security company Cloudflare’s CEO Mathew Prince posted on twitter that this event is NOT a DDOS attack, rather a scheduled update with T-Mobile that went way wrong saying “There’s a lot of buzz right now about a “massive DDoS attack” targeting the US, complete with scary-looking graphs (see Tweet below). While it makes for a good headline in these already dramatic times, it’s not accurate. The reality is far more boring.”
“It starts with T-Mobile. They were making some changes to their network configurations today. Unfortunately, it went badly. The result has been for around the last 6 hours a series of cascading failures for their users, impacting both their voice and data networks”
California Congressman Ted Lieu confirmed a the DDOS with a tweet, “in light of this DDoS attack,” and then blamed President Trump for eliminating the cybersecurity coordinator position at the NSC in 2018.”
Several police departments 911 systems Florida and Texas are posting that they are having issues with their systems and are urging those who need 911 service to call the non-emergency lines.
The hacker group Anonymous claimed that this is a national DDOS attack effecting most cell providers.
Several driver’s have confirmed to Freight Broker Live that they are experiencing connectivity issues with T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T, although T-Mobile is the only cell provider to acknowledge an outage.
One of the Nation’s largest ELD providers, KeepTruckin is based on the AT&T network. As of right now, they are not reporting any issues.
I will keep updating this story as new info becomes available.