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Twitter Tells Me It's Under Attack

Thursday, 6 Aug 2009 | 11:38 AM ET
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The blogosphere is abuzz with complaints that Twitter service has been downfor the past few hours, yet another indication of how addictive the fast-growing service is.

What's wrong? No, not a service outage.

Not even a "Fail Whale"

Here's what Twitter Co-Founder Biz Stone sent me in an e-mail:

"We are currently defending against a Denial of Service attack on this otherwise happy Thursday morning. 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. As I said, we are defending against this attack now and we'll continue to update our status blog as we continue to defend and later investigate."

Facebook has also been incredibly slow to load this morning, though now it's working. Is it also fending off attack? People need their social media!

On CNBC.com Darren Rovell writes, "Twitter Takes a Hit"

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  • Working from Los Angeles, Boorstin is CNBC's media and entertainment reporter and editor of CNBC.com's Media Money section.