Aliens? North Koreans? Fernando Valenzuela? At this point in time, we are unsure who is behind the DDoS attacks today on major social networking sites. Both Twitter and Facebook suffered from these attacks.
Twitter was down for most of the morning while Facebook was able to stay afloat. According to Wired’s Epicenter blog, “‘Earlier this morning, Facebook encountered network issues related to an apparent distributed denial-of-service attack, that resulted in degraded service for some users,’ responded Facebook spokeswoman Kathleen Loughlin via e-mail.”
Twitter meanwhile suffered a bit more than degraded service, from their status:
Ongoing denial-of-service attack 4 hours ago: We are defending against a denial-of-service attack, and will update status again shortly.
Update: the site is back up, but we are continuing to defend against and recover from this attack.
Update (9:46a): As we recover, users will experience some longer load times and slowness. This includes timeouts to API clients. We’re working to get back to 100% as quickly as we can.
According to the Cleveland Leader, LiveJournal was also targeted after Facebook.
Who is behind these attacks? Will Thursday become known social networking blackout day (or get back to work! day for short)? We are certainly only that it is being investigated.