Friday, August 7, 2009

Denial-of-Service Attack Strands Twitter Users

A distributed denial-of-service attack took Twitter offline for several hours, preventing millions of users from tweeting. Security experts said the Twitter attack came through botnets via Sweden and Europe. While usershad withdrawal pangs, businesses got pinched and experts said Twitter needs more protection from DDoS attacks.

Say it isn't so! The Twitter bird's beak was closed Thursday as Twitter fought a distributed denial-of-service attack that shut it down for several hours. 

With the mini-blogging site down from 9 a.m. Eastern time until noon, its millions of members were unable to tweet by Web and by mobile phone. A tweet test brought an error message that the "network request failed."

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