by Amy Atkins
Starting Thursday, Twitter, Facebook and Google began suffering distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Some application programming interfaces (API) such as Tweetdeck were rendered mostly useless and while some end-users posted with no problems, others fought to update their statuses in the brief moments that the status button actually worked.
The alleged cause of this giant fail whale? One Georgian political blogger who goes by the handle Cyxymu. According to cnet.com, Cyxymu "had accounts on all of the different sites that were attacked at the same time, Max Kelly, chief security officer at Facebook, told CNET News. 'It was a simultaneous attack across a number of properties targeting him to keep his voice from being heard,' Kelly said. 'We're actively investigating the source of the attacks, and we hope to be able to find out the individuals involved in the back end and to take action against them, if we can.'"
The DDoS caused a strange rip in the fabric of time for some of these social network users when tweets and updates began popping up hours or even days after they were initially posted. Yesterday morning, a tweet from my account read "Finished some Tshirt reconstruction and realized the time. I was supposed to go out tonight!" time-stamped 8:26 AM Aug 9th. I actually posted that Friday night. Anyone following me may have wondered how damn long it actually takes me to get ready to go out or that maybe I became so engrossed in redesigning my Rush T-shirt, that I never went to bed.