Thursday, August 6, 2009

Twitter thwacked - The Inquirer

Twitter thwacked

Tweeters in shock
Thursday, 6 August 2009, 17:49

MICRO-BOGGING site Twitter went offline for over three hours today, blaming a denial of service attack.

Incessant tweeters, suffering withdrawal, had to be given real work as they sat catatonic in their office chairs, unsure of what to do. Many tweeters were caught outdoors and had to be helped off the streets lest they cause traffic accidents.

Twitter posted news of the attack in its bog.

“On this otherwise happy Thursday morning, Twitter is the target of a denial of service attack," said the statement. "Attacks such as this are malicious efforts orchestrated to disrupt and make unavailable services such as online banks, credit card payment gateways, and in this case, Twitter for intended customers or users. We are defending against this attack now and will continue to update our status blog as we continue to defend and later investigate.”

The service is back online now but Twitter says it is continuing to defend against the attack.

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. ยต

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