Tag: The Washington Post

Using a nuclear bomb to swat a fly…

So the word is out.

Twitter, FaceBook, and LiveJournal were collateral damage in a hugely overkill bot-net attack many of us felt directly. I originally mentioned the media’s ineptitude in accuracy and profound expertise in unnecessary speculation was comic HERE.

Some script-kiddies with political motive and a little access to a botnet were after one guy.

…yes…the target was ONE GUY.

This time however…the news has decided to restrain themselves on the crazy speculation and started listening to the real pros…

A professor in Georgia apparently was doing something in the way of building a documentary of personal views of events preceding the current tension/issues prevalent between Georgia and Russia. Someone obviously didnt like it…since they fubarified Google’s Blogspot, Facebook. Twitter, and LiveJournal. According to the articles…they are still actually under an attack.

Now here’s where the LameSauce comes into play.
*To all the “businesses” that are 100% dependent or based on Twitter’s communication framework. You’re idiots. You get no sympathy from the IT world. This is like taking money from people to show them how to get a GMail account. If I had any brain cells I’d propose that Twitter directly enter competition with these businesses or bill them for use and get some of the money 😉
*To the script kiddies that did this. Coming from the same side of the fence…I can sincerely say this was serious overkill and completely unnecessary. I can only guess that someone was actually being paid to do this…because despite the “to see if it can be done” factor, you’ve now given four of the largest social networks in the world live data with which to further strengthen themselves from attacks of this nature…in addition, at least in the Twitter venue…attention is now on them…and groups that wreak this level of havoc are rarely prepared for the level of attention that comes when the non-evil corps will pay big $$$ for the head of kids responsible for this. Just my opinion here mates, but you might’ve just set some crosshairs swiveling in your direction that have the facilities to go toe-to-toe with you.

Anyhow, here are some updates…enjoy!

-Tony

NEW YORK TIMES
Just found out that at least 8 different news sites are regurgitating this story verbatim…save yourself some time, use this article first…more coming from different sources.

PC WORLD
Not as good, but references to the myriad of business models 100% dependent on Twitter stability is a hint of things to be careful of…you know…like using someone else’s free service to make money 😉

WASHINGTON POST
Paraphrased NY Times article? can’t tell because the WP doesnt time-stamp their articles. (That means the WP gets lame-sauce points)




Twitter got DDoSed!! FB trips up!!

So, according to CNN and a host of other media sources…someone dropped us the bomb on Twitter.

…consequentially, job related performance around the world improved by 30%…even at Twitter 😉

The reality of it is that someone must have been REAAALLY BORED. Now…I would like to be the first to make it clear who has to be behind such atrocities 😉

I am totally betting on the Church of Scientology. Only they could have come up with the failed logic precipitating this kind of action…well…wait..I suppose a leet group of fearless script kiddies could have been trying to find something to do…and then said…”heh…dude…watch THIS!”

…but the style is just meh.

Seriously, CNN’s link is right here…as are others…..mostly are just a bunch of media outlets jumping on the chance to speculate what happened 😉

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/08/06/twitter.attack/index.html
Needs grammar check BADLY.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2351307,00.asp
The article is entitled “Did Koobface Cause the Twitter DDoS Attack?”, but the article’s second line start with “So far, no reasons or methodologies for the attacks have surfaced.”
Ummm…yeah…heh…buhbye.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13846_3-10305241-62.html
Titled…”Denial-of-service got Twitter. Is your network next?”
I don’t know…do you have a website that gets more than 44 million uniques a month?! THEN GET SCARED!!! (not really you’re not popular enough 😉

…and….the winner is…bearing the most accuracy without grammar and unnecessary speculation is…….
THE WASHINGTON POST!!!!
“DDOS Attacks Crush Twitter, Hobble Facebook” A short, and very sweet little reminder that some 15 year olds can redefine the nature by which we define CBlocking. 😉

Have Fun, Play Hard, but not on my swingset!

Ooooohh…wait I found humor!!!
The Real Reason Twitter and FB Went Down
http://tremendousnews.com/2009/08/06/why-twitter-went-down/