Hackers Attack & Shut Down Twitter

NEW YORK (AP) -- A hacker attack shut down Twitter on Thursday morning, and Facebook also said it was "looking into" possible site problems.

Twitter said in its status blog Thursday that it was "defending against a denial-of-service attack," in which hackers command scores of computers to a single site at the same time, preventing legitimate traffic from getting through.

For users of the fast-growing messaging service, the outage means no tweeting about lunch plans, the weather or the fact that Twitter is down.

Facebook also seemed to be experiencing problems, at least intermittently. Facebook spokeswoman Brandee Barker said the company was looking into it and would have an update "as soon as possible."

The Twitter outage began at about 9 a.m. EDT, said Ken Godskind, chief strategy officer at Web performance monitoring company AlertSite. The site still had access problems late morning.

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  • by J Location: Gville on Aug 10, 2009 at 11:55 AM
    I say GOOD that there is not Twitter...its dumb anyway.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Aug 7, 2009 at 02:39 PM
    OMG, no place to twit for nit wits, I'm glad the hackers made the site quit. Dumb site , hope it takes years for them to get it back up...if they do at all.
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Aug 6, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    omg.... no twits. what ever shall we do???????
  • by kane on Aug 6, 2009 at 10:07 AM
    Oh no! How are members of Congress and the Hollywood elite going to inform us poor slobs on their rapier like political analysis?
  • by anon Location: wallace on Aug 6, 2009 at 08:37 AM
    who cares, pick up the phone and call
  • by Wineaux Location: Baton Rouge, LA on Aug 6, 2009 at 08:07 AM
    Ongoing denial-of-service attack 18 minutes ago We are defending against a denial-of-service attack, and will update status again shortly. permalink Site is down 1 hour ago We are determining the cause and will provide an update shortly. Update: we are defending against a denial-of-service attack.

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