Twitter suffers vicious attack from hackers
07 August, 2009 | Web design
Last night Twitter was the victim of an attack by hackers leaving the website inaccessible for several hours. Many people were unable to 'Tweet' (Sending out a message via Twitter) and there were even reports that Facebook suffered problems.
The attack was a 'denial of service' attack. A Denial of service attack happens when legitimate websites are flooded with traffic so that they are inaccessible by the public.
Troy Stanley, CTO of Resource Techniques, comments: 'These attacks can be fairly routine on major websites, but they have inbuilt mechanisms to deal with such attacks. It is unusual that both Twitter and Facebook both experienced this attack.'
It has been reported that Facebook experienced delays with logging in or navigating around the website, but the site was not inaccessible.
Troy Stanley continues, 'Companies with such a high profile are prime targets for such an attack. Hackers see it as an ego boost and as a challenge. With large organisations such as Twitter and Facebook, they will have a team of experts vigorously working to resume service as soon as possible.'
Some reports have mentioned that it could have been a 'kid' that caused the attacks. There are also reports that an attack was a personal vendetta against a Georgian blogger called 'Cyxymu'. Cyxymu's blog expresses concern over actions, on both sides, of the Russian and Georgian conflict.
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