Hactivists Claim They Took Twitter Down, but Twitter Denies It
UPDATED: A spokeswoman for San Francisco-based company confirmed that its service was unavailable to many users for intermittent time periods; a hacktivist group claims responsibility, but Twitter denied it, saying it was due to "a cascaded bug in one of our infrastructure components."Microblogging social network Twitter suffered a debilitating denial-of-service attack June 21, beginning at 9:09 a.m. PST and rendering the site inaccessible for intermittent periods for several hours. The site came back up at around 10:06 a.m. PST and then went down for various spans of time after that. An administrator posted the following message and kept it up on its status.twitter.com site: "Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue."
eWEEK received a message from Twitter spokesman Robert Weeks at 1:30 p.m. PT, stating: "@TwitterComms: Today's outage is due to a cascaded bug in one of our infrastructure components. We'll provide updated information soon."
"I'm extremely humbled by how quick and broadly Twitter has taken off and how we've done building something independent and timeless. This is a company that will last," The Hollywood Reporter quoted Twitter founder Jack Dorsey at a press conference in Cannes, France. Other Issues in Recent Weeks Twitter has experienced other backend issues lately. The previous day, June 20, the network reported some other issues involving email deliveries, posting the following message: "Some users may experience a delay receiving signup confirmation and password reset emails. Our engineers are working to resolve this issue. Update: this issue has been resolved." Two weeks ago, the site experienced issues with uploading photos. That problem, too, was solved relatively quickly. Twitter is considered the next big IT company to be a legitimate candidate for an initial public offering. In recent months, company executives have emphasized the reliability of its service, which had been subject to more frequent outages in its early days but which has been down only infrequently in recent years. Editor's note: This story was updated to include information about the hacker's claims and Twitter's response.