Over the last week those of us who use Time Warner Cable as our internet provider have been graced with page cannot be displayed errors and pages loading without CSS almost every day this week. Tonight Time Warner sent out an e-mail to it’s customers confirming that there was in fact an issue.
“During the past week, hackers have launched a series of attacks on Time Warner Cable’s servers. Time Warner Cable is working with law enforcement agencies to resolve these crimes.
As a result of these attacks, you may have experienced a temporary “outage” when attempting to surf the Web, including an intermittent “page cannot be displayed” error message. The outages did not result in services being 100% unavailable; and were limited to sporadic timeouts which appeared to be random events. Some users may have experienced a total disconnect. These types of attacks are not uncommon, especially for a network as large as ours. We suspect that the attackers are using “zombie computers,” or hijacking unsuspecting subscribers’ machines to perpetrate the attack without its owner’s knowledge.”
It appears that Time Warner is still trying to work out the kinks as of this evening, but about 15 minutes ago my wife and I started to see an increase in connection speeds here in Corona, CA.
This is the second series of major outages Time Warner has seen in the past few months. Many of us here in Southern California were impacted by major server outages back in December that affected nearly 1.2 million Southern California subscribers.