Twitter Falls Down After Hacker Attack But Limps Back Up

August 6, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Spontaneous micro-blogging took a pause today as social networking site Twitter came  under a denial-of-service attack, which occurs when hackers overload a site’s infrastructure with data.  One common method of these types of attacks involves saturating the target machine with fake requests so the machine cannot respond to legitimate traffic, or responds slowly. Twitter’s problems today, began around 6:10 a.m. PST, with two hours of inaccessibility, followed by continuing slowness and timeouts that might still be ongoing. Twitter co-founder Biz Stone showed his frustration with the situation in a tweet posted late this morning. “We had a lot of things we’d rather be doing this morning, defending against a DoS wasn’t one of them,” he wrote.

While nothing has been connected yet, LiveJournal also experienced downtime this morning, acknowledging that the problems were due to denial-of-service attacks. Facebook, too, experienced hang-ups today, though it stopped short of confirming a denial-of-service attack, and might have been a rush of Twitter users looking for somewhere else to talk.


2 Responses to “Twitter Falls Down After Hacker Attack But Limps Back Up”

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