View Full Version : Youse Guys Want A DOS For Brekkie?

08-08-2009, 04:43 AM
Looks like the reason I was having a lot of trouble with the web last night was from this:

SiliconValley.com / Good Morning Silicon Valley

Social site sieges -- collateral damage in cyberwar?


Early this morning (US-time), Twitter was still trying to regain steady footing after being pummeled to its knees by a denial of service attack that began 24 hour earlier.

Availability remained spotty in places, as did responsiveness to third-party apps. Meanwhile, speculation swirled over the who, why and how of the simultaneous assaults that also hit Facebook, LiveJournal and Google's Blogger and YouTube, all of which held up better than the microblogging service.

The selection of targets and the nature of the attacks posed a puzzle. Malware authors, spammers and other online evildoers certainly have an interest in social sites, but mainly as vehicles to reach victims, so taking the sites down by flooding them with data requests would be counterproductive. Denial of service attacks have sometimes figured in extortion plots, but there was no indication of that in this case. Perhaps, some posited, it was the work of a maladjusted griefer who simply enjoys creating random chaos.

But the latest information indicates there was nothing random about it. According to several security experts, the attacks were a carpet-bombing offensive aimed at a single individual an outspoken Georgian blogger who uses the name "Cyxymu" and has accounts on each of the targeted services. "It was a simultaneous attack across a number of properties targeting him to keep his voice from being heard," Facebook security chief Max Kelly told CNet. "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."


Phil B
08-08-2009, 08:07 AM
Is that a DOS or a DOSE lol