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Thursday, August 06, 2021


I guess it’s a testament to how hooked I’ve become on Twitter that a major outage of the service leaves me near-jittery this morning.

Well, “jittery” is a stretch; I’ve got other things to do, online and off. But I certainly feel the absence. It’s not so easy to find another time-waster on the fly!

Anyway, it’s down for me, and most people. The main input/outputs are inaccessible, i.e. the website and app interfaces like TwitterFon (which I use). But apparently, tweet-texting still works. And Twitter’s subdomains are still up, like the company blog and status log. But overall, tweeting is kaput so far on Thursday, and has been for at least an hour.

Other popular social networking sites, like LiveJournal, are also knocked out or crippled. So signs point to a concerted attack, perhaps by the Iranian government in its effort to shut down its dissidents. A fail whale on an international scale. I’m sure everything will be fixed eventually; we’ll see what the aftermath brings.

UPDATE: As of 2PM Eastern time, Twitter confirms it’s a denial-of-service attack. The website is back up now, but only partially — my tweetstream is updating, but slowly, and my attempts to send out tweets timeout into failure. Twitter clients seem to work, as I can do everything via TwitterFon; and a glance at the tweetstream seems to show that most folks are updating via non-Web interfaces.

I’m not playing liveblogger on this all day. Things will probably be back to normal by tomorrow, at latest. We can all go back to tweeting about lunch and bad weather in due course.

FINAL UPDATE, 08/07/2009: Just for completeness’ sake, a note on the reported culprits: It wasn’t the Iranians, but probably Russians, in an overkill to knock a single Republic of Georgian blogger/activist offline. Points out how much of an overhaul the InterWebs needs, structurally.

by Costa Tsiokos, Thu 08/06/2021 10:19:06 AM
Category: Political, Social Media Online, True Crime
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  1. It’s a DOS. Twitter blog sez so. People are dumb. There’s some douche out there saying “hehheheheh look what we did.”

    Comment by Tom Biro — 08/06/2021 @ 11:48:58 AM

  2. Yup, so it does. I’m still thinking it’s Iran-related, just because Facebook and LiveJournal were also simultaneously hit, and those are the prime spots for online anti-election dissent. Doesn’t prove anything, of course — could be 4chan, or any anonymous codemonkey. We may or may not find out. I’m just wondering if there’ll be a White House response if the Iranian prospect turns up true…

    Comment by CT — 08/06/2021 @ 12:07:32 PM

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