Spotify, one of the world’s most popular music streaming platforms, experienced a significant outage as its website became inaccessible. Users worldwide reported widespread issues, particularly with the website, causing concern among the Spotify community. The disruption peaked on October 27th, with nearly 2,000 users reporting errors on DownDetector.com.
Furthermore, the outage affected 67% of users accessing Spotify via the website, 20% using the app, and 13% facing audio streaming problems, highlighting the severity of the issue. As of the time of writing the article, the website remained down.
The incident is suspected to be a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, a malicious tactic that aims to disrupt a server’s regular operations by overwhelming it with a massive influx of internet traffic from various sources. This orchestrated attack can strain the server’s capabilities, leading to slowdowns or even complete unavailability.
Although the exact cause of the outage remains unconfirmed, Anonymous Sudan, a hacker group known for its pro-Russian affiliations, claimed responsibility for the attack on their Telegram channel. Anonymous Sudan has a track record of executing successful DDoS attacks, having previously targeted Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Microsoft 365 software, including services like Teams and Outlook.