Twitter website shut after attack

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  1. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    BBC.

    :eek:
     
  2. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

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    I think it's so funny how these things happen to Twitter. Facebook usually isn't this way.
     
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  6. AngryApple macrumors 6502

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    I have done one or two DOS attacks, but I would never do it on a big company like Twitter. I wonder if Twitter will pursue legal action.
     
  7. Mac Kiwi macrumors 6502a

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    Curious this happens so soon after Ajads re election.
     
  8. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    What did you do - go to someone's web site and click the refresh button as fast as you could?
     
  9. the vj macrumors 6502a

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    My Twitter account was cancelled last week because some one was using it to send spam. :s
     
  10. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    Blimey. I hope Stephen Fry's alright. Has anyone checked on Stephen Fry?
     
  11. andrewsd macrumors 6502

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    Oh no what will they do.. Oh it's back up now.
     
  12. arkitect macrumors 601

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    That's a joke. Right?

    I just don't get Stephen Fry like other people do. :eek:
     
  13. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Actually, this one sounds like it has the potential to get much more interesting... the latest word is that the attack might have had something to do with the conflict in Georgia...

    http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/07/attack-on-twitter-came-in-two-waves/?hp

    So perhaps it wasn't just some teen social rebel in a US suburb plotting the bourgeoisie faux-revolution...
     
  14. jump4joy macrumors newbie

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    Hi
    I've only been using a Mac for a little while. I'm just wondering if visiting the affected sites of the attack if I could have picked up anything? If so what signs would I look for to know that I had been affected?
    Thanks
     
  15. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Without getting into a detailed side-topic (you can forum search or Google search to learn about Mac viruses, bots, spyware, etc), it's (extremely) unlikely that you would get infected by visiting the affected sites of the denial-of-service attack. There are technologies like this for Macs, but they're not numerous in the wild. The typical vectors (how they get on your system) for these are either through direct user intervention (i.e. someone installing something on your computer while physically present) or else Trojan payloads that are carried in software you personally install -- typically this happens when you download pirated software or (maybe less frequently) porn.

    If you're really concerned, you can install basic anti-virus software and check for potential viruses. You can also search for "Little Snitch" -- there are numerous threads about this, and you can use it to monitor outgoing traffic (that is, see which programs are communicating with the internet and how), which would allow you to manually identify any potential problems.

    But again, the likelihood of any of this is low unless you install illicit software.

    If that doesn't answer your questions, please start a new thread on this topic to ask more questions.
     
  16. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    With a few other computers doing it too most likely. Unless it was somebody's 128Kb/sec upload and a 300 MHz server with a 400 MB image file loading 200 times
     

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