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Twitter news!

From the Guardian

Twitter's site crashed on Thursday at about 3pm BST due to a "denial of service" attack – thousands of remote-controlled virus-infected PCs trying to contact the site.

Though the site came back up after an hour, the company said it was "continuing to defend against and recover from this attack".

As a result lunch plans, breaking news, links to obscure web pages, news about your cat, the thoughts of celebrities, and wondering on Twitter why your tweets aren't appearing – all had to be put on hold. The loss will have been felt most keenly in London, which Twitter's co-founder and chief executive Evan Williams revealed on Wednesday has more Twitter users than any other city in the world.

The company's status blog says that: "We are defending against a denial-of-service attack, and will update status again shortly."


Wonder if this has anything to do with international politics?



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Aug. 6th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. And here I thought the iPhone attacks were bad enough.
Aug. 6th, 2009 04:37 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering if the FB instability is related...wouldn't be surprised...
Aug. 6th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Looks to be. I guess it's a good thing I'm not at work today - I would have been bored just waiting for stuff to stop freakin' out!
Aug. 6th, 2009 04:40 pm (UTC)
Eh, I think it's probably more likely to be related to 4chan's DDOS attacks, myself.

ETA: And if you want to go total conspiracy theory, when LJ was down earlier today, its status blog was asking UK members to do pingbacks and tracerts so they could figure out where the problem was.

Edited at 2009-08-06 04:50 pm (UTC)
Aug. 6th, 2009 05:03 pm (UTC)
Aug. 6th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of focused on some of the politics using twitter and FB right now...the timing and the pressure on Twitter and FB (heavily used in some recent events) got me wondering. It'll be interesting to see what, if anything surfaces in the news...I've also heard there was some problem with Yahoo mail, too, which may or may not be connect.

4chan's potential connections doesn't exclude anything else, either...

I'm not given to the lunatic fringe conspiracy ideas...I'm just highly curious, but not enough to go digging into places where I would have problems if I did!

I'll be listening for the buzz, though. I'm not the only one who's had this thought.
Aug. 6th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
MeFi is reporting that the attacks are coordinated from somewhere in Germany. I think it has something to do with 4chan being attacked as well, because its the same sort of issue that they were fighting off. The only reason it became news was because AT&T shut down access to 4chan because the DDoS was happening via their ISP and eating up their bandwidth.

Lemme see if I can dig up some links for you...

AT&T blocks 4chan, feels their wrath: 1 | 2 | 3

DDoS on Gawker (and suspected Twitter, LJ, and Facebook) coming from Germany

Edited at 2009-08-06 09:42 pm (UTC)
Aug. 6th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, Damn. It's like affecting everything. I kinda need my Yahoo mail though. I could probably live without the other stuff. :(
Aug. 8th, 2009 05:20 am (UTC)
Reuters is reporting the the attack seemed to be spawned by those seeking to keep out news from the country of Georgia who is having a conflict with Russia. The Georgian informant is mentioned in a lot of the spam. They, the russians/old KGB were supposedly trying to keep stuff out of the news.

So, looks like you were right.
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