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Internet Punching Bag Twitter Attacked Again

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Twitter seems to be like one of those toy Bozo Bop Bags for cyber-attackers, as it temporarily went down again today.

In a post on its status site titled “Responding to site downtime,” Twitter wrote:

We’re working to recover from a site outage and will update as we learn more.

Update (12:17p): We’re back up and analyzing the traffic data to determine the nature of this attack.

Later updates by staff of the San Francisco-based microblogging service confirmed it was another denial-of-service attack, like the one last week aimed at a Russian blogger. It also affected other sites, such as Facebook.


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