Massive DoS attack on Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, LiveJournal, YouTube or Google

Various social networking, blogging, and other popular services such as Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, LiveJournal, YouTube or Google Sites were the target of a massive DDoS attack yesterday, which impacted them in different ways. The intended target appears to have been a pro-Georgian blogger with accounts on all of the websites.

Twitter was the most affected service, experiencing intermittent downtimes for millions of users across the globe. "Site is down. We are determining the cause and will provide an update shortly," read an announcement posted on the Twitter status page. Another note posted a bit later made it clear that an attack was causing the problems.

Blogger, YouTube and Google Sites were targeted as well, but Google's cloud was able to handle the load successfully and with minimal impact on the quality of service. LiveJournal confirmed to PC Magazine that its site was hit and had some problems too, causing some pages to be inaccessible.

Facebook's Max Kelly revealed that the reason for the mysterious attack was a Georgian blogger calling himself cyxymu, who has accounts on all of these websites. The simultaneous hits were likely an attempt to silence him. "Unfortunately I was the target of attack. Offer our apologies to all," (translated) he writes on Twitter.


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