Was Twitter Outage An Attack On A Single User?

The Twitter outage that kept Presidents, and cancer surviving 7 time Tour De France winners among others from tweeting to their followers might have been aimed at one particular user:

A Georgian blogger with accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal, and Google’s Blogger and YouTube was targeted in a denial-of-service attack that led to the sitewide outage at Twitter and problems at the other sites on Thursday, according to a Facebook executive.

The same attack hurt Facebook, Google’s Blogger, and LiveJournal as well. The blogger in question who goes by “Cyxymu” had this to say:

“This hackers was from Russian KGB,” the blogger, who uses “Cyxymu” on his accounts, wrote in a tweet early on Friday, adding later: “My twitter is online! Thank you all for support after ciber attack from Russia!”

If this is the case, this is the first time that I’ve ever heard of a targeted attack like this. It also underlines how fragile some of these social networking sites are if a denial of service attack can affect them like this. I guarantee that these sites are looking at ways to defend themselves against attacks like these.

If this was a targeted attack meant to silence this guy, then it failed. This guy is now more famous than ever. Which means that more people will hear what he has to say.

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