Posts Tagged ‘DefCon’

File under WTF redux: Twitter has second DDoS attack, IS peeps blame Russians

August 12, 2009

Yes, that title is accurate.  Apparently Twitter went down yesterday (and, not in a good way) for about 20 minutes which is being attributed to another DDoS attack on the microblogging platform.  Crazy.

Crazier still?  All those conspiracy theories about /b/ taking down Twitter as retribution for the AT&T block of the 4Chan site or tricky hackers fulfilling a bet from the wee hours of the hack-morning at DefCon are pretty sane and logical compared to who/what is being blamed for the DDoS currently:

“Some information security researchers have said last week’s Twitter DDoS attack was aimed at one specific user. That attack also affected other social media sites like Facebook, LiveJournal and YouTube. Researchers indicate that last week’s DDoS attacks were aimed at pro-Georgian blogger Cyxymu, who blogged about the anniversary of Russia’s Georgia invasion. Cyxymu had accounts on all of the targeted social media sites and told The Guardian that the attacks were a deliberate attempt to silence his pro-Georgian message by the Kremlin.”

~Channel Web Blog

Seriously. People are blaming the RUSSIANS. That’s awesome and worrisome at the same time.  Awesome b/c I don’t think anyone has heard a “the Russians did it” excuse since the movie Red Dawn was in theaters sometime in the 80s.  Worrisome b/c if that assertion is true and a government is fucking with a social networking website to silence one single user, what else are they doing we should be alarmed about?

Oh the internets, there is always something interesting going on here…  I like the part where Cyxymu told the Guardian that he had accounts on all three sites hit w/DDoS so it HAS to be the Russians trying to silence his protests… Um, I’m curious how many millions of people had accounts on all three (very prominant) social networking websites?  I think I do (though I haven’t used LJ since 2007) so maybe it’s a plot to silence me… viva la Adorkable Grrl!  Revolution, revolution!

*snicker*

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File under WTF – Twitter hit with DDoS

August 6, 2009

So I have been offline all morning (it happens sometimes) and I just logged on to check to see if my interview with Hope Larson had run on BitchBuzz yet so I could blast the URL on the various and sundry social networking websites I use (because, despite what people might think, there is a purpose to using Facebook and Twitter and such for me, career wise.  I now anticipate getting at least three “you’re so self-promoting/narcissistic/self-involved” comments on this post – fire away, I’m ready with pithy comebacks involving gymnasts and Christian Dior.)  Clearly (as you can tell by the link in the first sentance of this post) the story is up; and, after posting it in various places I was going to tweet it to the 196 random people following me on Twitter.  (That includes @hopelarson, the person the piece spotlights.)

Twitter – of course – was being completely janky and timing out on the connection.  I was actually on the phone with Rosie at the same time and I said “WTF, Twitter, you suck! Fail whale, fail whale!”

Yes I know I’m a dork.

Anyhoo… At that same time I picked up an RSS from Mashable – a post by Barb Dybwad – apparently this morning Twitter was hit with a DDoS attack.  (Incidentally – Barb – love the first line of the article, “This morning civilization almost ground to a halt as Twitter was hit with a DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service Attack and went down for over two hours, with intermittent outages continuing even as they got the situation more under control.”  Sweet snark, woman – that’s awesome writing!)

M’kay – that explains the Twitter acting like a jackhole issue.  I’ve talked about DoS (denial of service) attacks in a previous post about trolling and 4Chan.  DDoS (or, distributed denial of service) is basically the same thing as a DoS – it’s a hack that is intended to interupt the use of a website by it’s intended users.

This is not a hack that a bored teenage miscreant can carry off.  It takes some mad skillz.  (Yes, I used a z at the end of that word, deal with it.)  Not that I’m pointing fingers or anything (because why would I?  I actually admire skilled hackers as being geniuses) but is it coincidence or just irony of timing that this big site takedown comes on the heels of DefCon 17?

For those who do not know — DefCon = the biggest, most notorious, most awesome gathering of some of the most brilliant hacker minds in the world.  Something I’ve been dying to go to for years just to observe (though I’m terrified of my lappie w/the crap passwords I use being hacked and being mocked by hot hacker dudes and dudettes for using my Mom’s first grade teacher’s name as a pass.  FYI – not my pass – don’t bother trying it.)  AND DefCon happened to be last weekend in Las Vegas.

Could it possibly be that some gauntlet was thrown in the wee hours of a geek party amongst black hats and the Twitter DDoS is the result?  Is someone paying up in beer and hardware today?  The world will never know; but, it sure is interesting to think about.

^5 tricky hackers.