Twitter has been hit by a massive distributed denial-of-service attack making the micro-blogging service unavailable for millions of users around the world. Facebook and LiveJournal are also reported to have been affected.
Twitter first confirmed that its site was unavailable on its blog. The reason? An external denial-of-service attack.
A denial of service attack occurs when computers bombard a website with requests for information. Typically hackers can control thousands of innocent users’ computers centrally and command them to visit a site that they wish to flood with traffic – making it impossible for other internet users to get through.
It’s a bit like 15 fat men trying to get through a revolving door at the same time – nothing can move.
In the meantime, micro-bloggers around the world are likely to be left twiddling their thumbs.
Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.
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