Website failures are nothing new, but what makes this morning's outage different is that it was an attack.
A hacker used regular computers to send an enormous amount of requests to Twitter.It overwhelmed the servers, and knocked the site offline.
It's called a denial-of-service attack. It started early this morning
and even though the site is back up now, Twitter says the attack is ongoing.
The outage created an online outcry.This man calls the problem "annoying" and that's one of the
nicest posts I could find.But since most users couldn't tweet about the outage, they flocked to Facebook, to only find problems again. That's because Facebook, just like LiveJournal and YouTube, was under a similar denial-of-service attack -according to wired.com.
Mashable.com says cyber warfare may be to blame.
Internet research expert Bill Woodcock believes the attack may be related to a conflict between Georgia and Russia.
The New York Times reports both sides attacked each other with a wave of spam email messages - which infiltrated social media websites. And that resulted in a denial of service on Twitter - and a slow Facebook and LiveJournal.
It was the same attack, but Twitter was hit the hardest.
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