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The denial-of-service attack that hit both Twitter and Facebook is thought to have been caused by an orchestrated attack on one Georgian blogger.
Twitter was knocked offline for several hours on Thursday, while Facebook and blogging service LiveJournal were also affected.
All of the attacks were targeting a single user of the services, that of anti-Russia blogger, Cyxymu (the name of a town in Georgia). The attacks came a year to the day since Georgian troops moved into South Ossetia, sparking a conflict with Russia.
Originally posted by chiron613
I don't see how an attack against a blogger in Georgia would take down either Twitter or Facebook, much less both.
I doubt very much that any DOS attack on either site would be traceable. Generally the attacks are committed by a large number of "zombie" computers that have been taken over by some cracker. This is called a *distributed* denial of service attack (DDoS). That person orders the computers to start requesting pages from the same site, so it gets hit by thousands or even millions of page requests per second. That's enough to bring just about any server to its knees. However, if you trace back, all you find are the zombies, not the cracker.
So, while I can understand why a Russian cracker might want to attack a Georgian blogger, and why any cracker might want to bring Twitter and Facebook down, I can't see where there is any connection between the two incidents.
Originally posted by crisko
As a regional director for Verizon, no.
One user does not have the ability to conduct such an attack. It's like trying to empty the ocean one bucket at a time.
Network segment downtime is all.