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Twitter Crash: Hack Or Hardware Fail?
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Bprince
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Bprince,
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6/23/2012 | 12:03:03 PM
re: Twitter Crash: Hack Or Hardware Fail?
I am reluctant to believe in a massive conspiracy to cover up a DDoS attack by blaming it on a bug in their infrastructure. For one, Twitter has been hit with DDoS before, like a lot of sites, and I would argue that a bug causing downtime from a PR standpoint is probably worse. What I fail to understand is why they didn't respond to a direct question on it from the reporter, because by not doing so they are raising more questions. Mitigating DDoS is important for sites like Twitter, but I think the average person has come to understand that from time to time things like this can happen, so I doubt admitting it would have caused any serious damage to their rep.
Brian Prince, InformationWeek/Dark Reading Comment Moderator
shuuna
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6/22/2012 | 4:30:35 PM
re: Twitter Crash: Hack Or Hardware Fail?
If DDoS is GǣhackingGǣ that makes the kid in my building blocking my door with his bicycle guilty of breaking and entering.
ruggedman
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6/22/2012 | 3:24:12 PM
re: Twitter Crash: Hack Or Hardware Fail?
"Hardware Fail"? Sounds like a journalistic FAILURE to me Thomas Claburn. Seriously people...
Ks2 Problema
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6/22/2012 | 2:53:17 PM
re: Twitter Crash: Hack Or Hardware Fail?
My gosh, I'm surprised the media didn't just go dark for two hours.

Seems like the ONLY people -- and I'm a web developer among a very fashion-forward, tech-oriented set -- I know who use Twitter -- are the chattering class, who are apparently under the profound delusion that the rest of the world hang on their every 140 character utterance.

It's amusing, but really rather pathetic.
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6/22/2012 | 2:15:38 PM
re: Twitter Crash: Hack Or Hardware Fail?
To have Twitter go down for any amount of time is crucial for the real time social media site to function as intended. For Twitter to accept and acknowledge that a DDos attack was the reason, could have permanent scaring on the companyGs reputation. I find it funny that they did not comment on CosmoGs claim that he tweeted he was responsible! You have to admit that it is pretty cocky to admit you are the one responsible for TwitterGs system being down on their website! I think that after the breach with LinkedIn recently, has made Twitter is worried about how their security measures would be under close scrutiny. The truth will come out in the end, and the reason will surface soon enough.

Paul Sprague
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