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Cyber-attack that downed Twitter was ‘aimed at lone Georgian blogger’ who criticised Russian conflict

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UK Daily Mail
Friday, August 7, 2009

Popular social networking sites Twitter and Facebook were recovering today, after being subject to the most widespread and coordinated online cyber-attack ever.

Free micro-blogging service Twitter stopped functioning due to a malicious ‘denial of service attack’ at around 3pm for several hours, while Facebook struggled with a slow and ‘degraded’ service.

Now industry figures have revealed the strikes, which affected hundreds of millions of web users, could have been an attempt to silence just one person.

Facebook’s chief security officer Max Kelly, told CNet news the attack seemed to be against a controversial Georgian blogger known as Cyxymu, who has accounts with Facebook and Twitter.

He is an outspoken critic of the conflict between Georgia and Russia in South Ossetia – which is coming up to its first anniversary.

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