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‘Oh God what am I going to do’: When Twitter was down with cyber attack

tech Updated: Oct 22, 2016 09:31 IST
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The attackers used hundreds of thousands of internet-connected devices that had previously been infected with a malicious code that allowed them to cause outages.

Hackers unleashed a complex attack on the internet through common devices like webcams and digital recorders and cut access to some of the world’s best known websites on Friday, a stunning breach of global internet stability.

The attacks struck Twitter, Paypal, Spotify and other customers of an infrastructure company in New Hampshire called Dyn, which acts as a switchboard for internet traffic.

The attackers used hundreds of thousands of internet-connected devices that had previously been infected with a malicious code that allowed them to cause outages that began in the Eastern United States and then spread to other parts of the country and Europe.

Twitter users went into a frenzy as they realised that they could not tweet about this catastrophe. After the servers came back up, users posted about how they spent their free time:

Everybody had their own theory on why the social networking giant had dozed off (and also how we could prevent such outages in the future)

Some couldn’t control their excitement when Twitter finally came back on