DDoS targeted one Twitter user – related to Russia-Georgia conflict

DDoS target on Twitter

Originally uploaded by Ines Mergel.

Several sites report this morning, that the distributed denial of service attack on Twitter, potentially also on Facebook, YouTube, Google, Livejournal and other social networking services, was targeted towards only one user: an outspoken critic of the ongoing Russian-Georgian conflict.

Millions of users worldwide received emails with links to Twitter (Mashable, NYT, Guardian, etc.). The resulting heavy traffic brought the site down for most of the day and might have caused problems on Facebook due to additional traffic.

Expert relate this attack to the ongoing cyberwar between Russia and Georgia.


About Ines Mergel

I am Full Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at University of Konstanz, Germany. Previously, I served as Assistant and then Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, NY. In my research, I focus on informal social networks in the public sector and the adoption and diffusion of digital service innovations in government organizations. I teach classes on social media management, digital government, public management, and social network analysis.

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