Following Wednesday’s Twitter outage (in which the site is still recovering from), it looks as if there was a connection between Twitter going down, as well as Facebook, LiveJournal and YouTube experiencing problems.
(CBS News) A pro-Georgian blogger with accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal and Google’s Blogger and YouTube was targeted in a denial of service attack that led to the site-wide outage at Twitter and problems at the other sites on Thursday, according to a Facebook executive.
The blogger, who uses the account name “Cyxymu,” (the name of a town in the Republic of Georgia) 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.
Despite the fact that Cyxymu lives in free and democratic nation of Georgia, his views apparently did not sit well with Russia, prompting the attack that crippled some of the hottest internet sites online.
While this type of censorship is unacceptable, bloggers (especially those in free nations) should take note that freedom of speech often comes with a price–and should contact their hosts to find out whether they have to resources to defend against a DDos (or at least spare them the bandwidth bill when one occurs).
(Hat Tip: Hot Air Headlines)