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08-06-2009, 01:25 PM
Twitter Says Hit By 'Denial of Service' Attack


Twitter Inc. said it's fighting off a coordinated Web attack that has made its popular microblogging site inaccessible for several hours Thursday morning.

"We are defending against a denial-of-service attack, and will update status again shortly," the company said in a blog post shortly before 11 a.m. EDT, Thursday.

In an update to the blog post, Twitter said its site is back online, but that the company is "continuing to defend against and recover from this attack." Not surprisingly, posts related to the cyber attack have soared to the top of Twitter's most popular topics queue now that the site is back online.

Social-networking giant Facebook Inc. also had network issues this morning, with some users reporting that certain features have been slow or not working.

Facebook said no user data was at risk and that the problems are now mostly resolved. The site is still monitoring the situation.

Denial-of-service attacks are a common weapon employed by cyber criminals to disrupt the working of Web sites. Perpetrators enlist millions of computers to attempt to access a particular site. The site cannot handle the massive increase in traffic, and is rendered inaccessible.

While disruptive and hard to trace, this type of cyber attack is considered by experts to be a relatively unsophisticated technique. The attack itself doesn't attempt to infiltrate the internal operations of a company's computer infrastructure, simply rendering its Web site inactive.

The attack on Twitter represents the latest in a string of denial-of-service attacks against several high-profile web sites. In early July, a number of U.S. government web sites, along with the web site of the New York Stock Exchange and several South Korean sites, suffered from similar actions.

Internet start-up Twitter's microblogging service has been gaining popularity among users around the globe, enabling members to communicate using short text messages up to 140 characters in length.

Still, Twitter and its founders, Evan Williams and Biz Stone, have struggled to keep pace with its explosion in popularity. The vast majority of its employees are still focused on maintaining the service. Twitter now has more than 30 million users, up from less than two million a little over a year ago.

Twitter has no more information about the attack than what has been posted on its blog, which it will continue to update, the company said in an email.


08-06-2009, 01:32 PM
So does that mean that Twitter will Tweet Updates? :flap:

08-06-2009, 03:04 PM
What WILL the World do without twitter?

Oh yeah...be just fine, like we all were for the last 10,000 years humans existed without it...

08-06-2009, 04:39 PM
I'm so over this whole Twitter thing...