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Twitter Attacked

Posted 18 Dec 2009 | Comments Off on Twitter Attacked | 2,522 views

According to this Twitter status page, the root cause of the Twitter outage was a DNS compromise. They are continuing to investigate, and they have not published a final status.

Twitter utilizes DynEct from Dyn Inc for their DNS services. Someone gained access to a DynEct account for Twitter and redirected the Twitter services to a page allegedly owned by the Iranian Cyber Army. The new destination page claimed that THIS SITE HAS BEEN HACKED BY IRANIAN CYBER ARMY. Twitter services were highly utilized by protesters following elections in Iran.

While some have dismissed this as a simple website defacement. The damages could have been much worse if the attackers had different intentions. Just imagine if the attackers had setup a Twitter clone and collected usernames and passwords. The misuse of thousands accounts of sending malicious or misleading tweets would be reputationally damaging to both Twitter and their customers. This is one good reason to make your account passwords different.

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