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Twitter offline, other services disrupted by DDoS attack

Twitter, Facebook and other sites disrupted by apparent targeted attack against single Georgian blogger

Cyber crime, Social networking, Web, Facebook Incorporation

A number of online services, including Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal and Google's Blogger and YouTube were disrupted yesterday by what appears to have been a politically-motivated strike against a single blogger.

Twitter was down for several hours late on Thursday, and suffered ongoing problems for several hours after that, with other services also suffering from

Security experts from several affected companies said that the attacks appeared to be highly co-ordinated strikes against a Georgian blogger going by the name of Cyxymu.

The attacks targeted Cyxymu’s accounts on the various services, and appear to be timed to coincide with the eve of the first anniversary of Georgia’s five day war with Russia.

Max Kelly, chief security officer at Facebook, told the CNET News service: “It was a simultaneous attack across a number of properties targeting him to keep his voice from being heard. We’re actively investigating the source of the attacks and we hope to be able to find out the individuals involved in the back end and to take action against them if we can.”

According to researchers, the DDoS attacks may have also been coupled with a spam campaign, that aimed to redirect users to the targeted sites and thereby overload them.