Whoa, Twitter just got hacked!

So there I was about to answer @heatheringemar’s lovely supportive tweet about my cake-resistance efforts tonight, as well as tweeting my previous post, when Twitter suddenly inexplicably fell over. No fail whale, no nothin’, just suddenly I couldn’t get through.

Didn’t think anything of it though until I saw this post show up on JournalFen’s Fandom Lounge community–from which userinfosolarbird has concluded that Twitter’s apparently suffered a name service hack. From what the JF poster saw before Twitter vanished completely, it looked like a group in Iran tried to take over the site. One expects in retaliation for Iranian students trying to use Twitter as a protest mechanism. Dara doublechecked by trying to get data off of Twitter’s nameservers, and yeah, they were reporting bad hosts and everything before Twitter just dropped completely off the net.

Anyway, y’all, if you can’t get through to Twitter tonight, this is very probably why. I don’t envy Twitter’s support team right now; they must be having a very stressful night!

ETA: Dara has more tech-oriented details over here.

ETA #2: And we’re back! We now rejoin your regularly scheduled tweeting, already in progress.

4 Replies to “Whoa, Twitter just got hacked!”

    1. Yeah, I just barely missed the direct fun myself! I only got the evidence of what had happened via Fandom Lounge and then Dara’s own investigatory pokings. :)

      I’m glad they got it resolved quickly. Dara was thinking somebody is so VERY FIRED if Twitter’s DNS records were that easily hackable.

    1. Ha, I know the feeling! It’s mitigated for me somewhat in that I’m also on Facebook and several forms of blogging… but there’s just something about Twitter. :)

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