How Twitter got Attacked By A DDoS

Today Twitter was down for some time which led to quite a bit confusion and discussion. What happened? The consensus is that it was a DDoS that caused the downtime of the poular social network. The attack was not solely on Twitter but also directed on Facebook, LiveJournal and YouTube. Back in 2007 WIRED has created a visualization on how a Denial of Service attack works:

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While the todays attack wasn’t a traditional DDoS the concept remains mainly the same.

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  • http://twitter.com/VISup/statuses/3175612712 VISup (VISup)

    How #twitter got attacked by a ddos http://tinyurl.com/mmpg7h

  • http://twitter.com/VISup/statuses/3175614014 VISup (VISup)

    How #twitter got attacked by a ddos http://tinyurl.com/mmpg7h explained with an #infographic

  • http://twitter.com/Php_Shell/statuses/3175669397 Php_Shell (Alain)

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  • http://twitter.com/congosto/statuses/3175675966 congosto (M. Luz Congosto)

    RT @VISup How #twitter got attacked by a ddos http://tinyurl.com/mmpg7h explained with an #infographic

  • http://twitter.com/ebrito/statuses/3175693927 ebrito (Enrique Brito)

    RT @congosto RT @VISup How #twitter got attacked by a ddos http://tinyurl.com/mmpg7h explained with an #infographic (Y con el mapa al reves)