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The culprits of the attack have not been established yet. But sources have suggested looking to Iran and the fact that many of the thousands of tweets publicising the recent 'revolution' in Iran could be traced back to a just a few new subscribers in Israel.
Originally posted by schrodingers dog
Mmm, I thought of the 4chan/anon boys too ...
But why other than for the "lulz?"
Is there a reason for anti-twitt activism that I'm not aware of?
A pro-Georgian blogger with accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal and Google's Blogger and YouTube was targeted in a denial of service attack that led to the site-wide outage at Twitter and problems at the other sites on Thursday, according to a Facebook executive.
The blogger, who uses the account name "Cyxymu," (the name of a town in the Republic of Georgia) had accounts on all of the different sites that were attacked at the same time, Max Kelly, chief security officer at Facebook, told CNET News.
"It was a simultaneous attack across a number of properties targeting him to keep his voice from being heard," Kelly said. "We're actively investigating the source of the attacks and we hope to be able to find out the individuals involved in the back end and to take action against them if we can."
t’s not so bad that Twitter isn’t working or my Facebook login is broken, but what if hackers decided to attack the network at a hospital or an air traffic controller’s office?
I think the fact this file is installed onto millions of peoples computers without them knowing (aside from the social.bidsystem flashing up every 5 seconds on the bottom bar) is well beyond Facebooks terms and conditions. Especially considering when browsing away from the site it considerably slows people's computers.
After two Twitter outages this week, the service is encountering another issue Wednesday afternoon as many users are reporting they can get to the microblogging site, but their feeds are not being updated.
Although users could add updates to the site, their tweets were not apparent to others on the site, according to several users contacted by CNET News, as well as our experience here in the newsroom.
The problems seem to have begun around 4 p.m. PDT. There is nothing to indicate that the site has suffered anything similar to the denial-of-service attack that knocked the site offline for an extended period last week.
Twitter didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
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