Twitter & Facebook Taken Offline By DDoS Attacks


Both Facebook and Twitter were hit with pretty severe DDoS attacks rendering them useless and unavailable to the majority of users.

The thing is it seems like it wasn’t a traditional network based botnet style DDoS attack, but a ‘joejob‘ attack where spam is sent out containing a link and the users clicking on the link contribute to the site becoming overwhelmed with requests.

The DoS attack has been confirmed on the Twitter Status page here – Ongoing denial-of-service attack.

The attack theory comes from Bill Woodcock, as reported by The Register.

Users looking to update their Twitter feeds or Facebook pages were likely disappointed Thursday morning, as a denial-of-service attack made both services hard to reach.

Around 9 a.m. Eastern Time, the number of responses from micro-blogging service Twitter fell precipitously, reaching a bandwidth of 60 Mbps by 10:40 a.m. ET, according to Arbor Networks, a networking services firm. Twitter had reached nearly 200 Mbps prior to the drop.

The service continued to be impacted Thursday afternoon, reaching a peak of 150 Mbps, about half of its normal peak for that time of day, according to Arbor.

It seems to be a politically motivated attack aimed at a certain anti-Russian blogger known as Cyxymu.

It targeted all web properties where had profiles, the main ones of course being Facebook and Twitter but also included Livejournal (where he hosts his blog) and his Youtube account.

It’s a simple but seemingly very successful method of attack, shown by the fact that it took out a couple of major sites which already manage large amounts of traffic.

Users also complained of issues accessing Facebook. The service confirmed midday on Thursday that, it too, had suffered a denial-of-service attack.

“You may have had trouble accessing Facebook earlier today because of network issues related to an apparent distributed denial-of-service attack,” the social network stated on its own Facebook page. “We have restored full access for most people. We’ll keep monitoring the situation to make sure you have the reliable experience you expect from us.”

You might have noticed a lot of failed requests if you use Facebook (JavaScript timeout errors and network pipe errors).

Facebook fell because of the same targetted attack on Cyxymu, they acknowledged such on their Facebook page.

Source: Security Focus

Posted in: Hacking News

, , ,


Latest Posts:


ZigDiggity - ZigBee Hacking Toolkit ZigDiggity – ZigBee Hacking Toolkit
ZigDiggity a ZigBee Hacking Toolkit is a Python-based IoT (Internet of Things) penetration testing framework targeting the ZigBee smart home protocol.
RandIP - Network Mapper To Find Servers RandIP – Network Mapper To Find Servers
RandIP is a nim-based network mapper application that generates random IP addresses and uses sockets to test whether the connection is valid or not with additional tests for Telnet and SSH.
Nipe - Make Tor Default Gateway For Network Nipe – Make Tor Default Gateway For Network
Nipe is a Perl script to make Tor default gateway for network, this script enables you to directly route all your traffic from your computer to the Tor network.
Mosca - Manual Static Analysis Tool To Find Bugs Mosca – Manual Static Analysis Tool To Find Bugs
Mosca is a manual static analysis tool written in C designed to find bugs in the code before it is compiled, much like a grep unix command.
Slurp - Amazon AWS S3 Bucket Enumerator Slurp – Amazon AWS S3 Bucket Enumerator
Slurp is a blackbox/whitebox S3 bucket enumerator written in Go that can use a permutations list to scan externally or an AWS API to scan internally.
US Government Cyber Security Still Inadequate US Government Cyber Security Still Inadequate
Surprise, surprise, surprise - an internal audit of the US Government cyber security situation has uncovered widespread weaknesses, legacy systems and poor adoption of cyber controls and tooling.


3 Responses to Twitter & Facebook Taken Offline By DDoS Attacks

  1. Chris August 8, 2009 at 9:35 am #

    Twitter, Facebook, AND Livejournal down? This can only lead to dangerous outbreaks of real life…

  2. Droope August 8, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    Shit!! taking down fackebook and twitter to attack just one user :| what an amazing display of power.

    Of course, many could’ve done that, if properly motivated.

    Cheers!

  3. GZero August 10, 2009 at 10:52 am #

    Do we know what sort of DDoS this was?

    Basic SYN flood?
    ACK?
    Any further details?