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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Twitter, LiveJournal, others DDoSed - August 2009


DATE:
2009-08

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
USA

AFFECTED SITES:
Twitter.com, LiveJournal.com, and other social networking sites

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Twitter and LiveJournal went offline for a short period while other sites slowed

SOURCE COUNTRY:
Russian/Georgian nationalists

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Target was a Georgian refugee who was blogging about a 2008 territorial war between Russia and Georgia. First came a wave of spam the attackers intended to attribute to the blogger. Then DDoS attacks were launched against the blogger’s pages on multiple high-profile social networking sites.

URLS:
1. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/08/technology/internet/08twitter.html?_r=2&hpw


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