Twitter hit by denial of service attack

(CNN) — An attack on the social networking site Twitter shut the site down for about two hours on Thursday morning, causing headaches in the online community and glitches in other Web sites like Facebook.

In an e-mail to CNN.com, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said the site was hit with a “denial of service attack,” or an attempt to shut the site down by overwhelming it with traffic.

“There’s no indication that this attack is related to any previous activities. We are currently the target of a denial of service attack,” Stone said in the e-mail.

“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 defend and later investigate.”

Twitter’s site went down around 9:30 a.m. ET on Thursday. A message posted on Twitter’s status blog said the site was active again by 11:30 a.m., but that the site remained under attack.  Read More

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