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Twitter Offline Due To DDoS

CmdrTaco posted about 5 years ago | from the hate-when-that-happens dept.

Social Networks 398

The elusive Precision dropped a submission in my lap about a DDoS taking down Twitter running on CNet. It's been down for several hours, no doubt wreaking havoc on the latest hawtness in social networking. Won't someone please think of the tweeters? Word is that both Facebook & LiveJournal have been having problems this AM as well.

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I Only Use Slashdot Anyway (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28972953)

n/t.

Re:I Only Use Slashdot Anyway (4, Interesting)

bakana (918482) | about 5 years ago | (#28973125)

anyone else thinks this may have something to do with this: http://tech.slashdot.org/story/09/08/05/1555219/XML-Library-Flaw-mdash-Sun-Apache-GNOME-Affected [slashdot.org]

Re:I Only Use Slashdot Anyway (2, Insightful)

religious freak (1005821) | about 5 years ago | (#28973597)

Actually, my first thought is this [slashdot.org]

Re:I Only Use Slashdot Anyway (1, Interesting)

mini me (132455) | about 5 years ago | (#28973615)

Normally I would use Twitter to find out why a site is inaccessible, since it is the goto place for up to the minute news. While Slashdot did eventually bring the story forward, it too far too long to be relevant. Twitter was already back online by the time this story appeared on the front page.

Nelson ------- (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28972955)

I hate to be the one to say it, but "Ha Ha"

Re:Nelson ------- (5, Funny)

iamapizza (1312801) | about 5 years ago | (#28973065)

The blogosphere is buzzing about this. The amount of crap being spouted related to this incident is now causing blogal warming.

Re:Nelson ------- (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973233)

The Blogal Warmings would be a good name for a rock band.

Re:Nelson ------- (3, Insightful)

TomHandy (578620) | about 5 years ago | (#28973571)

No it wouldn't.

Re:Nelson ------- (1)

Verdatum (1257828) | about 5 years ago | (#28973661)

Mod parent up.

Re:Nelson ------- (3, Insightful)

eln (21727) | about 5 years ago | (#28973369)

I expect bloggers to go nuts about this sort of thing. What's truly disheartening to me is that a formerly relevant news site like cnn.com has it on their front page. Oh CNN, I remember when you used to report actual news...now look what you've become.

Re:Nelson ------- (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973445)

Oh come on, it's more interesting news than another road accident somewhere.

Give me a break (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973577)

Practically every news source is reporting it on their front page. Including BBC, MSNBC, Reuters, CNN, etc...

But continue on dorkmeister.

Re:Give me a break (4, Insightful)

eln (21727) | about 5 years ago | (#28973697)

Okay, so the fact that all of these sites are reporting on a temporary outage on a social networking site says more about the overall decline in the mainstream media than CNN specifically.

Also, as of right now, I don't see the story on the front page of the BBC. Fox News now has it listed as "Urgent" and has the headline in huge letters on the front page. CNN currently shows it as its top story. Reuters has it much further down the page, but it's still there.

Reporting on a story like this deep in the Technology section is one thing, but displaying it prominently as major breaking news is entirely another.

Re:Nelson ------- (1)

AdmiralXyz (1378985) | about 5 years ago | (#28973449)

Apparently so many people were checking downforeveryoneorjustme.com in a panic that it crashed too. Ah, Twitterers.

fp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28972961)

Rob Malda has a loose asshole.

And nothing of value was lost (5, Funny)

AuMatar (183847) | about 5 years ago | (#28972965)

If any story deserves that tag, its this.

Re:And nothing of value was lost (5, Funny)

wilsoniya (902930) | about 5 years ago | (#28973061)

Zomg, how will corporations do their grassroots marketing now?!?!?!

Re:And nothing of value was lost (2, Insightful)

MozeeToby (1163751) | about 5 years ago | (#28973097)

I know you're joking, but Twitter does have a nearly unique architecture that makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to block without blocking the entire Internet. Now, say what you will about the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of using it as a protest or organization tool, but at least it keeps the lines of communication open in spite of government interference.

Re:And nothing of value was lost (5, Informative)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | about 5 years ago | (#28973279)

Actually, just the fact that Twitter is a centralized service makes it easier to block. If I were looking for a channel that was "unblockable," the first thing I would look at is P2P networking, followed by Usenet, followed by email. Only if all else failed would I start looking at the Web or SMS.

Re:And nothing of value was lost (1)

FudRucker (866063) | about 5 years ago | (#28973433)

Toritter, the new Tor based twitter

Re:And nothing of value was lost (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973321)

You're referring to the fact that, even without internet access, messages can be posted to and read from twitter via SMS text message?

Parent is insightful, not funny (2, Insightful)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | about 5 years ago | (#28973101)

Who the hell modded that "funny?" Nothing of value was lost -- social networking is about as important as celebrity gossip. The only actual loss to social is the lost revenue that these websites will experience, which will hardly be a blip on the radar.

Re:Parent is insightful, not funny (3, Funny)

lymond01 (314120) | about 5 years ago | (#28973501)

Nothing of value was lost -- social networking is about as important as celebrity gossip.

Cue James Earl Jones:

I find your lack of faith disturbing. The ramifications of social networking have yet to be truly felt in the outer colonies. Communication is key to productivity and morale of the people. The Emperor is a fool to take it away and not realize it for the tool that it is. It is also quite helpful to keep tabs on the new T-17. Hot little number there. If the rebel alliance is to be deterred we must know where they are, what they're doing at all times, what they're currently dining on, when they've returned from the bathroom, and how they're wearing their hair today. Twitter is the key.

Do not fail me again.

Lets look at this (3, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | about 5 years ago | (#28973689)

1) Millions of people use it

2) It is uses to allow poeple to follow people that are interesting to them. Not just gossip, but science information, events.

3) Nearly instant knowledge of world events.

4) Allows protesters to disseminate information

5) Is allowing for a deeper understanding od human nature in large societies.

6) It's another tool for expression.

So I would say that it does have value.

Re:And nothing of value was lost (5, Funny)

Zantac69 (1331461) | about 5 years ago | (#28973121)

Maybe Twitter can have a new slogan: "You never knew how much you didnt need us until we were not there."

Re:And nothing of value was lost (4, Insightful)

Culture20 (968837) | about 5 years ago | (#28973361)

The only reason I need twitter to remain up is to prevent people from flooding other communication channels with "Twitter's down! Fail Whale!"

Re:And nothing of value was lost (1)

Evil Shabazz (937088) | about 5 years ago | (#28973665)

I like that. It's right up there with my favorite customer service motto: "We're not happy until you're not happy."

Re:And nothing of value was lost (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about 5 years ago | (#28973243)

That, and correcting them for using "tweeters", people who use twitter are called "twits", I thought everyone knew that.

Re:And nothing of value was lost (4, Funny)

Allicorn (175921) | about 5 years ago | (#28973389)

I thought it was "twats".

So did David Cameron apparently.

Re:And nothing of value was lost (1)

ByOhTek (1181381) | about 5 years ago | (#28973605)

Nope, twit. Twat shares less letters with twitter, and can be construed as unnecessarily vulgar. Twit gets the point across quite nicely.

Re:And nothing of value was lost (1)

Opportunist (166417) | about 5 years ago | (#28973391)

I'll file that under "useless facts".

Re:And nothing of value was lost (1)

asdf7890 (1518587) | about 5 years ago | (#28973459)

I think you'll find that is spelt with an "a".

Re:And nothing of value was lost (1)

ICLKennyG (899257) | about 5 years ago | (#28973385)

It should blink, flash and rotate through colors - this is what this tag was made for!

Re:And nothing of value was lost (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973465)

The only good thing to come from Twitter is Twitter Tracker.

and the botnets are back (1)

Anonymous Cowar (1608865) | about 5 years ago | (#28972973)

Now that nefarious deeds are affecting the average net user, I wonder how long until the news agencies slog through and dust off their old virus/trojan/worm/botnet/haxx0rz stories?

Re:and the botnets are back (1)

N3Roaster (888781) | about 5 years ago | (#28973107)

It seems to be back on here, so this doesn't really seem all that distinguishable from normal twitter down time.

Re:and the botnets are back (1)

Anonymous Cowar (1608865) | about 5 years ago | (#28973259)

people can't update facebook. They get ajax errors.

Re:and the botnets are back (1)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | about 5 years ago | (#28973589)

THey're already tossing unsupported ideas out there, so I'm sure it won't be long. The closing line of the article:

There has been no indication that any of these various attacks are connected. But it's probably not a coincidence that they all coincide with the annual Defcon hacker convention.

(Yes, that would be the convention that's been over for four days now anyway...)

Confirmed by Twitter (5, Informative)

ScotlynHatt (764928) | about 5 years ago | (#28972983)

Re:Confirmed by Twitter (1)

hansamurai (907719) | about 5 years ago | (#28973273)

I know we don't RTFA around here, but its only sources are the Twitter blog itself.

Re:Confirmed by Twitter (5, Funny)

Big Hairy Ian (1155547) | about 5 years ago | (#28973405)

And now you've /.ed them just for fun :)

Re:Confirmed by Twitter (1)

j0se_p0inter0 (631566) | about 5 years ago | (#28973569)

I haven't been able to access the site since 7AM CST, but as of now (11AM) I can get to my page. It took 3 tries but I made a tweet. Thank goodness, I was beginning to think I wouldn't be able to post useless information to a useless site today!

And adding ... (4, Funny)

Kong the Medium (232629) | about 5 years ago | (#28972987)

a slashdot effect will certainly help in resolving the troubles.

Re:And adding ... (0)

pdboddy (620164) | about 5 years ago | (#28973011)

LOL :D

Re:And adding ... (1)

deadkennedy (1594629) | about 5 years ago | (#28973289)

Perhaps this should be known as the twitter effect.

Re:And adding ... (1)

jayme0227 (1558821) | about 5 years ago | (#28973651)

The irony with the DDoS is that all of the people constantly attempting to access twitter just to see if it is back up are actually making the process worse. Kind of funny, if you ask me.

The Dark Side. (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28972995)

This is what happens when you anger the googles.

Status page confirms its a DDOS (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28972999)

http://status.twitter.com/

twits (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973019)

so twitter got twatted?

Quick! (5, Funny)

erKURITA (1114707) | about 5 years ago | (#28973035)

I've got to re-tweet this!!


... oh wait

It's kinda back... (3, Interesting)

pdboddy (620164) | about 5 years ago | (#28973073)

My tweets are getting through, albeit slower than usual.

what is twitter? (4, Funny)

tritonman (998572) | about 5 years ago | (#28973077)

What is twitter? Is that some new web site or something?

Who is hitting it that hard? (-1, Offtopic)

BadAnalogyGuy (945258) | about 5 years ago | (#28973081)

I just installed Chrome (someone told me about the cool "incognito" feature which allows me to surf porn sites without leaving a trace) and think that it is interesting. The addressbar is bit large and the lack of a window frame is a bit disconcerting (but cool). What's killing me, though, is the really bad number fonts. Holy cow, it's ugly.

That said, it's no less ugly than the narcissism which is on display in the Twitter world. While blogging at least gave the impression of journalism and (not always successfully) encouraged a deeper reflection on content since the content itself was more or less permanent and long.

Twittering, on the other hand, encourages in-the-moment quipping which is much more useful for those who want to be heard but do not necessarily have anything of value to say. The "Twitter shitter" stereotype is definitely apropos.

Maybe taking this service offline for a while will free these people from themselves. I can only hope that the Iranian protesters can find their way without Twitter for a few hours.

Re:Who is hitting it that hard? (3, Funny)

ohcrapitssteve (1185821) | about 5 years ago | (#28973169)

Wow, that segway was about as awkward as some kind of two-parallel-wheeled auto-balancing minute-muscle-movement-controlled vehicle. Of some sort.

Re:Who is hitting it that hard? (-1, Offtopic)

Desler (1608317) | about 5 years ago | (#28973271)

The term you meant to use was segue.

Main Entry: segue

1 : to proceed without pause from one musical number or theme to another
2 : to make a transition without interruption from one activity, topic, scene, or part to another

Re:Who is hitting it that hard? (1)

ohcrapitssteve (1185821) | about 5 years ago | (#28973425)

Really, dude? Really?

Re:Who is hitting it that hard? (1)

krakelohm (830589) | about 5 years ago | (#28973549)

No, really it was not.

They should Twitter on a MAC. (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973083)

Cause you know Macs never have any problems. Just ask any Apple fanboy.

mac trolling (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973687)

Only PC users bring that up.

Whoops. (5, Interesting)

BigglesZX (734765) | about 5 years ago | (#28973105)

Might it have had something to do with the Twitter-based HTML demo (http://tech.slashdot.org/story/09/08/05/2348219/HTML-5-Canvas-Experiment-Hints-At-Things-To-Come?art_pos=8) that made Slashdot earlier today? The site in question hits Twitter for a large number of tweets, and I imagine a lot of /.'ers were checking it out earlier. I doubt it helped, at the very least...

Re:Whoops. (1)

Stephan Seidt (803125) | about 5 years ago | (#28973567)

Dunno, the script is searching for html5+love once it's started. Unless Twitter's search api is a performance hog there shouldn't be much of a problem :)

Re:Whoops. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973599)

Was thinking the exact same thing when I read this story. In fact, while I was checking that demo shortly after the slashdot story was posted I already noticed it doing requests to twitter in the background with some of them timing out..

Re:Whoops. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973643)

LOL, are you fucking kidding me? I'm serious, ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME? Do you realize how much traffic Twitter faced after Michael Jackson died? We're reportedly talking hundreds of terabytes. And it didn't crash.

But here you are, giving us this line of bullshit about some single site that's generating probably 0.0005% of the traffic that Twitter faced after MJ's death, yet it took down their whole service? Bollocks and tiddlywinks to you and your cockamamie ideas.

aha. (5, Funny)

jrothwell97 (968062) | about 5 years ago | (#28973127)

So THAT's what Conficker's for.

Re:aha. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973261)

Now conflicker just needs to finish its job and attack myspace and facebook.

Re:aha. (4, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | about 5 years ago | (#28973477)

So THAT's what Conficker's for.

Now I wish I hadn't patched my machines.

In other news... (5, Funny)

thisnamestoolong (1584383) | about 5 years ago | (#28973129)

...the nation's IQ spontaneously rose 23 points this morning. Scientists are investigating this puzzling phenomenon but have yet to discover the cause.

Re:In other news... (2, Funny)

jerep (794296) | about 5 years ago | (#28973209)

myspace is still holding 32 points of collective IQ, and the medias and entertainments the remaining 78.

Oh well, its a start :)

Re:In other news... (4, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | about 5 years ago | (#28973437)

Dimwit! 32 and 78 is 110, and everyone knows 100 is the maximum. So I'm quite happy with my 90 score!

Re:In other news... (1)

AdmiralXyz (1378985) | about 5 years ago | (#28973607)

You joke, but with Twitter, Facebook and LiveJournal all down, I bet workplace productivity will see a bump today.

It's Vanessa Hudgens! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973131)

Trying to stop the spread of her latest nuddy pics!!

money lost or...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973133)

well it's not as though either twitter or facebook were making money even when their respective websites were running normally! ;)

Re:money lost or...? (1)

Allicorn (175921) | about 5 years ago | (#28973447)

Good point - a sustained outage ought to actually be visible in the detailed breakdown of their end-of-year reports as a momentary decrease in the rate of losses.

Oh No... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973135)

...what will Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore do?

Re:Oh No... (2, Insightful)

drodal (1285636) | about 5 years ago | (#28973647)

have sex :p

Since I cannot access Twitter.. (1)

stillpixel (1575443) | about 5 years ago | (#28973161)

I will post my 'update' here.

On menu for today! Examining my old code and seeing if I missed something or can do something better.. and waiting for the website launch okay from the higher ups.

Now stop messing with Twitter! I have no idea this morning WTF Kevin Smith is doing or what Penn is thinking.

Defcon to blame? (2, Insightful)

zcold (916632) | about 5 years ago | (#28973183)

Whats more, she blames defcon at the end of the article.. "There has been no indication that any of these various attacks are connected. But it's probably not a coincidence that they all coincide with the annual Defcon hacker convention." yes, not a coincidence at all... thats what happens when "hackers" get together...

Re:Defcon to blame? (4, Funny)

Opportunist (166417) | about 5 years ago | (#28973479)

Say about Defcon what you want. Yes, it lost its edge. Yes, it got watered down. Yes, it's not the top notch hacker con it used to be. Yes, it's been turned into the BH stepchild-still-in-puberty.

But even there nobody is yet so low to consider Twitter a worthy target.

Cloud? Decentralize (2, Interesting)

Bob9113 (14996) | about 5 years ago | (#28973221)

Decentralization is the solution to single-link failures.

Cloud is centralization.

JM2C, YMMV.

Re:Cloud? Decentralize (1)

MojoRilla (591502) | about 5 years ago | (#28973451)

No.

Big sites have issues with DDOS attacks, period. Doesn't matter if they are cloud hosted or not.

In fact, Amazon's cloud infrastructure is far more distributed than most other individual companies infrastructure. Of course, you have to set up multiple availability zones.

Not DDoS, SlashDotted (1)

peterofoz (1038508) | about 5 years ago | (#28973229)

The slashdot post below: "HTML 5 Canvas Experiment Hints At Things To Come" connects to Twitter for its canvas demonstration.

Re:Not DDoS, SlashDotted (2, Insightful)

FishWithAHammer (957772) | about 5 years ago | (#28973671)

Compared to Twitter's usual activity load, a slashdotting is not going to be that big a deal.

What we will do now? (4, Funny)

sxedog (824351) | about 5 years ago | (#28973235)

Finally. now everyone can get back to work.

Re:What we will do now? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973411)

Nah, we'll sit online blogging about it all day.

Re:What we will do now? (1)

marmoute (1400855) | about 5 years ago | (#28973581)

There are so much slashdot comments to read first.

And Now for Something Completely Different (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | about 5 years ago | (#28973265)

There was weeping and gnashing of teeth - by tweens everywhere

And there was MUCH rejoicing - By everyone else

MDDoS (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about 5 years ago | (#28973275)

To affect Twitter, Facebook and LiveJournal should have been a Massive DDos. Which botnet was in this case? Maybe the "overhyped [slashdot.org] " Conflicker?

Re:MDDoS (0, Flamebait)

Dogun (7502) | about 5 years ago | (#28973625)

Get right the heck out of town. DDoS is redundant enough; _M_DDoS adds NOTHING of value to the word.

Maybe the Iranian government (1)

wiredog (43288) | about 5 years ago | (#28973319)

is doing it [cnet.com] ?

Is this taking down an entire datacenter? (1)

merreborn (853723) | about 5 years ago | (#28973333)

From my comcast connection at home, we've had difficulty accessing:
twitter.com, ezrider.bart.gov, and facebook.com

From my AT&T smartphone, via both the native browser (which uses AT&T's net connection) and Skyfire (which uses Skyfire's net connection -- they effectively proxy), I've had difficulty with:
twitter.com and ezrider.bart.gov

Now I'm finally in the office, on our DSL (sonic.net, copper owned by AT&T), and still can't access:
twitter.com and ezrider.bart.gov

I wonder if twitter.com and ezrider.bart.gov are sharing a datacenter or something.

Geeks (1)

whisper_jeff (680366) | about 5 years ago | (#28973335)

Won't somebody please think of the geeks...

Twitter website or API (0, Flamebait)

BigHungryJoe (737554) | about 5 years ago | (#28973377)

I don't need 140 characters to say

FUCK YOU, Twitter

hey isn't it just the twitter website that's down? Apps using the twitter API seem to be doing just fine

Re:Twitter website or API (1)

jrothwell97 (968062) | about 5 years ago | (#28973513)

um... no. Gwibber is also timing out when trying to connect to Twitter (or, if it does succeed, it's being painfully slow). As is Twitteriffic, Twitter Tools for WordPress and just about every other app which uses the Twitter API.

Loss of revenue? (1)

greymond (539980) | about 5 years ago | (#28973487)

I wonder what the loss of revenue is for companies like Dell who recently posted earnings of $3M from Twitter sales [slashdot.org] . I know for me, it's an inconvenience as I just released mobile versions [bit.ly] of my rpg supplements [morbidgames.com] and twittered about it [twitter.com] , which will probably be lost in a see of tweets from various people this morning about twitter being down. I also promote other pdf books [twitter.com] through a second Twitter account that is undoubtedly not gaining any referral fees with no one clicking on the links since the site is down. Ultimately though, my loss of revenue will be around $20 LOL so it's not like my mortgage payment or something that will make me a sad panda, but for companies like Dell, I wonder how much they estimate their losses at, probably higher than actual, but still a fair amount I bet.

"/status/update This method requires a POST." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973543)

"/status/update This method requires a POST." - lol, still down I assume.

Oh come on. (5, Interesting)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | about 5 years ago | (#28973551)

This is how their "journalists" report news on CNet? FTA - the very last line:

There has been no indication that any of these various attacks are connected. But it's probably not a coincidence that they all coincide with the annual Defcon hacker convention.

You mean the one that ended Sunday? Nice. Real nice.

Great, (0, Redundant)

drodal (1285636) | about 5 years ago | (#28973575)

so now were going to slashdot the sites that are undergoing the DDoS attacks, that will make them run faster ;)

HTML5 demo (3, Interesting)

tom17 (659054) | about 5 years ago | (#28973579)

I'm wondering if that HTML5 demo http://tech.slashdot.org/story/09/08/05/2348219/HTML-5-Canvas-Experiment-Hints-At-Things-To-Come?art_pos=8 [slashdot.org] had anything to do with it. If the normal /. crowd went to the demo, which then in turn loads 100 'tweets' from twitter, is that not equivalent to twitter receiving a 100x slash-dotting?

Tom...

Costly (5, Funny)

CopaceticOpus (965603) | about 5 years ago | (#28973603)

This could be an expensive attack. There are estimates that just a few hours without social networking could lead to billions of dollars in increased productivity.

Imagine if Slashdot went down. Spam would be wiped out in a day, Linux audio would be bug free in a week, and next month we'd see the release of GNU Hurd.

amazing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#28973639)

it's just so funny to watch nerds make fun of other nerds and act superior in the process.
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