Twitter knocked out for second time in less than a week

Graham Cluley

“Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me”

I can’t help but feel sorry for Twitter as it tripped up this evening after apparently becoming the unwitting victim of a distributed denial-of-service attack for the second time in less than a week.

Twitter’s Alex Payne told developers of third-party Twitter applications about the outage at 8:23pm UK time:

“We’re currently experiencing another wave of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against our system. Expect periodic slowness and errors until the attack passes or is countered by our operations team and hosting provider. Updates will be provided as we get them. Thanks for your patience.”

Twitter also informed users of the downtime via a post on its status blog:

The good news is that, unlike…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.