Hacker's 'malicious' cyber attack leads to Telstra outages

Telstra is now having issues with some home internet connections with many Shepparton residents reporting their service is down.

Telstra reported the denial of service attack on its servers on Sunday which has led to widespread internet outages in Australia's eastern states.

In Sydney, this caused outages across the CBD and Inner West, while in Melbourne, areas including the CBD, Brunswick, Essendon and Blackburn were among the worst affected.

Many expert users have reported the outage relates to Telstra's DNS servers.

There was no initial time frame for a fix, and even Telstra's own outage map was down for a little while.

Soon after, the telecommunications giant said it was confident it had blocked the "malicious traffic" and was trying to get users back online.

"The massive messaging storm that presented as a denial of service cyber-attack has been investigated by our security teams and we now believe that it was not malicious, but a domain name server issue", Telstra posted on Twitter.

The issue is now resolved, and the telco has backpedalled on the cyber attack claim. Sorry to mess with your Sunday plans.

"We're blocking the malicious traffic attacking some of our services", it said in a separate statement just after midday AEST. We're doing all we can to get you back online.



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