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Twitter, Facebook attack targeted one user




Twitter, Facebook attack targeted one user
Twitter, Facebook attack targeted one user



http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10305200-245.html 

By Elinor Mills
InSecurity Complex
CNet News
August 6, 2009

A Georgian blogger with accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal and 
Google's Blogger and YouTube was targeted in a denial of service attack 
that led to the site-wide outage at Twitter and problems at the other 
sites on Thursday, according to a Facebook executive.

The blogger, who uses the account name "Cyxymu," (the name of a town in 
the Republic of Georgia) had accounts on all of the different sites that 
were attacked at the same time, Max Kelly, chief security officer at 
Facebook, told CNET News.

"It was a simultaneous attack across a number of properties targeting 
him to keep his voice from being heard," Kelly said. "We're actively 
investigating the source of the attacks and we hope to be able to find 
out the individuals involved in the back end and to take action against 
them if we can."

Kelly declined to speculate on who was behind the attack, but said: "You 
have to ask who would benefit the most from doing this and think about 
what those people are doing and the disregard for the rest of the users 
and the Internet."

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