social networks suffer downtime after DDos attack

A handful of social networking sites including Twitter, Facebook and LiveJournal suffered brief outages early Thursday morning after being hit by a denial-of-service attack, according to the site's operators.

Twitter initially posted on its site blog that the "Site is Down" and that it is "determining the cause and will provide an update shortly".

The site soon confirmed that it was experiencing a DDos attack and reported at 11:21 a.m. EST that it had resumed service.

Netcraft and Pingdom both reported that the site was down for roughly three hours.

Company CEO Biz Stone addressed the attack and outage in a blog post Thursday morning:

"On this otherwise happy Thursday morning, Twitter is the target of a denial of service attack. Attacks such as this are malicious efforts orchestrated to disrupt and make unavailable services such as online banks, credit card payment gateways, and in this case, Twitter for intended customers or users. We are defending against this attack now and will continue to update our status blog as we continue to defend and later investigate."

Other social community sites, such as Facebook and LiveJournal, suffered brief, intermittent outages as a result of a DDos attack.

Facebook was reportedly down at about 9:45 a.m. EST, but was able to load shortly after with a few minor problems with posting status updates and internal links.

Earlier this week, sites in the Gawker Media network, which hosts many popular blogs, experienced DDoS-related outages.

The Washington Post reported in May on the recent rise in large DDos attacks pervading the Internet.

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