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Was the DDoS Attack on Twitter a Test Run?

August 6th, 2009

Someone or something temporarily shut down Twitter this morning (Facebook was also temporarily disabled). Because of the nature of the attack, “client applications that depend on the Twitter API could also not connect to the service, creating a complete Twitter blackout.”

In response, George Donnelly tweeted about the DDoS attacks on Twitter and Facebook:

RT @MacFaux spooky. Twitter up. Facebook up. That was a test run. Someone wanted to know if they could quiet the tubes.

If you don’t know how to make your own tin-foil hat (to prevent the CIA from reading your brainwaves) or if you’re disinclined to entertain conspiracy theories, consider this fair warning.

MacFaux is right. It is very spooky. Only two groups of people would want to shut down Twitter or Facebook. Only one of those groups of people has any real incentive to do so. Sure, some hacker might get a stiffy because he was able to pwn the intertubes. And yeah, that is kind of neat, I’ll be the first to conced that.

But social-networking sites are going to be the bread-and-butter of 21st century insurgencies. Communications channels like Twitter and Facebook, using minimally affordable technology accessible to all, allow for rapid organization and rapid dissemination of news and information, on scales heretofore inconceivable. This is a significant hurdle for an aspiring police state.

what’s coming is distributed, peer-to-peer, organic, cypherpunk- and crypto-anarchist-created Facebook- and Twitter-like social networking and communication services that support unbreakable hard encryption, market-produced unfalsifiable digital identity management, mathematically guaranteed transactional and locational anonymity by default or at will, untraceable anonymous digital bearer certificate trading networks and, of course, assassination markets.

And when those things launch, they’re going to launch on all channels.

Can the Military Coexist with Social Networking Sites? NoState.com, 5 Aug., 2009

From Milwaukee to Tehran, governments are learning that this is a powerful force for good. For a government, especially one that’s facing crises of epic proportions and growing unrest, the ability to silence dissent and discoordinate dissenters is real incentive.

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  • George Donnelly says on: August 6, 2009 at 10:34 pm

     

    Maybe we should try out ham radio? btw while I found this comment interesting, I'm not convinced there is any evil plan behind the outages.

    • nothirdsolution says on: August 7, 2009 at 1:00 am

       

      …which is why I qualified my post with the "tin-foil hat" comment :)

  • Brad says on: August 7, 2009 at 3:00 pm

     

    The interweb machine is the ultimate bitch slap to the man. Its the only place where real people can share info and not have the Bilderberg Group tell us what they want us to hear.

  • Mike Gogulski says on: August 7, 2009 at 3:16 pm

     

    For those without tin-foil-hat-making knowledge, I offer tin-foil-hat-making lessons at very reasonable daily rates (plus expenses).

  • Patrick A says on: August 7, 2009 at 8:14 pm

     

    http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/Story?id=8278141

  • Nathan says on: August 11, 2009 at 12:31 pm

     

    It does provoke thoughts of a P2P solution to social networking, rather than depending on a single site with a single point of failure.

    • nothirdsolution says on: August 11, 2009 at 7:15 pm

       

      Great comment, Nathan. P2P wouldn't be nearly as vulnerable. How long has it been since TPB lost their court case? And you can still go there and download brand new torrent files…

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