Home / News

Twitter Taken Down by DDoS Attack, Company Confirms

The Twitter micro-blogging service was knocked offline this morning for several hours as a result of a denial of service attack (DDoS). Twitter has confirmed and reported the attack in a post on its official blog earlier today: "We are defending against this [DDos] attack now and will continue to update our status blog as we continue to defend and later investigate." The company later reported that the service as been resumed but they are still continuing to defend against and recover from this attack. No further updates have been provided yet. Several sources are also reporting problems with Facebook today.

Updates:  UPDATED Aug 13, 2009 9:29 AM PDT
Twitter, DDoS and the Motivations Behind the Attack Terry Zink, CircleID, Aug.11.2009
Cutting Through the Twitter DDoS Hype Stefan Tanase, CircleID, Aug.7.2009
Professor Main Target of Assault on Twitter New York Times, Aug.8.2009
Twitter Still Struggling to Recover From DOS Attack PCWorld, Aug.7.2009
Russia-Georgia Conflict Blamed for Twitter, Facebook Outages Brian Krebs, Washington Post
Twitter, Facebook attack targeted one user CNet News, Aug.7.2009

Related topics: Cyberattack, DDoS, Security

 
   
WEEKLY WRAP — Get CircleID's Weekly Summary Report by Email:

Comments

To post comments, please login or create an account.

Related Blogs

Related News

Explore Topics

Industry Updates – Sponsored Posts

How Savvy DDoS Attackers Are Using DNSSEC Against Us

Facilitating a Trusted Web Space for Financial Service Professionals

MarkMonitor Partners with CYREN to Deepen Visibility into Global Phishing Attacks

Verisign Named to the Online Trust Alliance's 2016 Honor Roll

Verisign Q1 2016 DDoS Trends: Attack Activity Increases 111 Percent Year Over Year

Is Your TLD Threat Mitigation Strategy up to Scratch?

i2Coalition to Host First Ever Smarter Internet Forum

Encrypting Inbound and Outbound Email Connections with PowerMTA

Resilient Cybersecurity: Dealing with On-Premise, Cloud-Based and Hybrid Security Complexities

Verisign Releases Q4 2015 DDoS Trends - DDoS Attack Activity Increasing by 85% Year Over Year

Best Practices from Verizon - Proactively Mitigating Emerging Fraudulent Activities

Neustar Data Identifies Most Popular Times of Year for DDoS Attacks in 2015

The Framework for Resilient Cybersecurity (Webinar)

Data Volumes and Network Stress to Be Top IoT Concerns

DKIM for ESPs: The Struggle of Living Up to the Ideal

Verisign Mitigates More Attack Activity in Q3 2015 Than Any Other Quarter During Last Two Years

Verisign & Forrester Webinar: Defending Against Cyber Threats in Complex Hybrid-Cloud Environments

Introducing Verisign Public DNS: A Free Recursive DNS Service That Respects Your Privacy

Faster DDoS Mitigation - Introducing Verisign OpenHybrid Customer Activated Mitigation

Verisign's Q2'15 DDoS Trends: DDoS for Bitcoin Increasingly Targets Financial Industry

Sponsored Topics

Port25

Email

Sponsored by
Port25
Afilias - Mobile & Web Services

Mobile

Sponsored by
Afilias - Mobile & Web Services
Afilias

DNS Security

Sponsored by
Afilias
Verisign

Security

Sponsored by
Verisign