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Zangeel
08-06-2009, 07:22 PM
Source: http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=3953

I'm sure most twittering people had noticed twitter being down, it appears it's been DOS'd, I'm not a fan of twitter whatsoever, I feel it was a site that basically got promoted the hell out of by some key people and it became the next big thing. Social Networking is getting lazier and simpler than ever, pretty soon we're just going to have to think about something and it'll be posted on a site, at this rate.

People are saying Facebooks might have undergone the same attack. I'm just surprised at the ignorance around this, I switched on MSNBC, and they're referring to the people who dos'd twitter as "hackers". I know not everyones computer literate but it's a news station atleast get it right.

Apostropartheid
08-06-2009, 07:28 PM
Yeah, Facebook and LiveJournal reported similar problems.

A news station wouldn't say "crackers" because nobody knows what that means and it'd require a lengthy explanation which people still might not understand. Like it or not, hacker is applied to both in popular culture.

Zangeel
08-06-2009, 07:34 PM
Since this is such a high profile case of Denial-Of-Service, the people responsible are likely to get caught, and made an example of. Check this story out: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2008/06/ddos-attacker-p/ a two year prison deal, for a Ddos attack on two sites, and those sites weren't twitter, so I think someones gonna get screwed, because people couldn't get up to date on what their celebrity obsessions are up to.

VIPStephan
08-06-2009, 10:05 PM
I’ve just read it on a major mainstream news website, too. They also said Twitter has been hacked but also that the problems at Facebook may have come from Twitter users switching over to Facebook to “tweet” because of the Twitter timeout which caused kind of a “minor” DoS at Facebook. :D

Fumigator
08-07-2009, 03:50 PM
I’ve just read it on a major mainstream news website, too. They also said Twitter has been hacked but also that the problems at Facebook may have come from Twitter users switching over to Facebook to “tweet” because of the Twitter timeout which caused kind of a “minor” DoS at Facebook. :D

This is such a sad state of affairs for the innernet.

BoldUlysses
08-07-2009, 04:58 PM
Social Networking is getting lazier and simpler than ever, pretty soon we're just going to have to think about something and it'll be posted on a site, at this rate.

Although this is slightly off-topic, I couldn't agree more. I started blogging on LJ back when it was still called an "online journal," a term I still prefer to the ugly "blog." The site experienced a pretty meteoric rise in popularity but the fact that it's a ghost town now revealed the shallowness of most people's attachment to the whole concept. Twitter and Facebook are good for what they are, but in some ways I think the more "limited" structure of LJ, at least in terms of microblogging, made people SLOW DOWN a bit more and post more thoughtful, reflective, quality entries. The whole idea of creating a "body of work," which is of central importance to me in a blog, something to reflect on, remember and learn from, has totally gone out the window. It's just disappointing is all.

/rant

Zangeel
08-08-2009, 04:51 PM
I agree msuffern, not to mention the fact all these underage girls posting half nude pics of themselves because you can take a pic with your phone, hit one button and it's uploaded, there's NO thought process of whether it's a good idea or not because it's so easy, so people make terrible decisions on these networking sites, of course that's more limited to facebook/myspace from what I've seen.

/Extended Rant

But on topic, it appears it was a "geo political attack" on a Georgian blogger who pointed the finger at Russia for war crimes in the Georgian Russia conflict a year ago. The news anchors were saying the attack was so massive it not only shut his twitter down but everyones -.- you'd think some techie would explain it to them, I think they're just trying to make it more dramatic than what it was. But FB and Twitter confirmed it was a Ddos attack on one person, I'm thinking some Russian kids with a few computers being bad to the bone!

bcarl314
08-08-2009, 05:18 PM
sitting in chair, can't tweet. posting to coding forums

bazz
08-08-2009, 05:37 PM
@msuffern

I agree with you but, I think, you are citing just one instance where this has become prevalent.

Known where I com from as 'dumbing down' I have realised I am getting old. It doesn't seem to matter what anyone 'creates' these days: no matter how dumb, there is a market for it and therefore, a lot of money to be made.

I wish the time would return where people build something with a constructive purpose: something which may make them a shed-load of money but at least it has been of real benefit to others in the process.

The mere desire of an originator, to 'create' something purely to make money from the shallow, from the weak, from the bored, from the dis-enfranchised/dis-affected who collectively make up the majority is a sad indictment of our times.

Were they, instead, to build something useful, which made them a shed-load but which, simultaneously, provided an environnment where others could grow either, their bank balance or, their intellect the world would be much better. Sadly I think this specific subject applies equally to saturday night TV. More people are exploited than are given a 'leg up' with so-called talent shows on TV.

Look how the many are ridiculed by the audience for the sake of 'good' TV - largely by those who have even less talent and are least able to judge - and we 'think' the likes of the judges/producters/program creators, are successful. PAH!

if ($exploitative eq $successful)
{
$crime = 'good';
$world = 'stuffed';
$what_to_do = 'I\'ll eat my hat';
}

Ooops, I went off abit there.

@everyone:
All the ppc sites which provide 'content' for the purpose of capitalising on advertising revenues achieve one thing. They provide the market-exploitative advertising companies with a platform to reach out to us even more and to shaft us even more. TwitsRus perpetuate this even more once they include advertising ppc options.

Having done so, and because 'we' choose to visit those sites, we add to the advertising costs of the companies whose stock we see online. Now we have made the shops/businesses costs go up because they have to pay the marketers and the ppc sites. And the customer ends up paying for both.

Have we been so dumbed down that we can't even realise how much we are being taken for a collective ride? It ain't just the banks that took everyone for a ride. Collectively, it is our fault for being so complacent.

So to try to get back on topic; until such sites which facilitate one person to annoy another(s) fade away, this'll keep happening.

bazz

Trinithis
08-09-2009, 08:00 AM
if ($exploitative eq $successful)
{
$crime = 'good';
$world = 'stuffed';
$what_to_do = 'I\'ll eat my hat';
}
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