We told you earlier that Twitter was hacked and 250,000 users’ accounts have potentially been compromised. You’ve changed your password and believe the worst must be over, right?
In the past 24hrs, Twitter has experienced 24 outages. You may not have noticed as they’ve been brief, but they happened all right. And we think Twitter may be fighting a bigger battle than it’s letting on.
In its post announcing the attack, Twitter gave the impression its cage had been rattled a bit.
This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later. However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information . . . [bold ours]
So Twitter apparently caught some hackers with their hands in the cookie jar and THEN discovered more had hackers had likely been playing around in Twitter’s backyard, undetected, as well. Scary stuff.
Twitter further explains that the attackers were “extremely sophisticated” and this leads us to wonder if this has something to do with the numerous outages Twitter has experienced in the past 24 hours. Are they still actively beating hackers back? We’re not sure, but something is certainly happening.
If you read our post where we told you how to immediately know when Twitter is down and if you signed up for alerts on GotSiteMonitor or Pingdom, you’d be receiving notice of these outages – 24 to be exact. And they’re all originating in China. Weird, huh?
Any thoughts on all of this?
Update: A hacker group has yet to claim ownership for the attack, but The Atlantic, among others, point to Twitter’s mention of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal hacks in Twitter’s announcement – and this points to China (each were attacked by Chinese hackers). So the information we shared above makes sense. I love when that happens.
Also, the outages seem to continue today – every hour:
We’ll keep you posted as new info comes out!
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