Based on CNET it seems that yesterday’s social network downtime has been caused by an attack on the social network accounts of one single user, a Georgian blogger. Like we wrote before the attacker(s) needed to have access to a very powerful network of servers/computers. If somebody really tried to make this blogger silent, we should treat it as an attack on our rights of freedom! But somebody could cause this for his own benefit as well.Yesterday’s attack still seems to be influencing the performance of the services today. The attack is in the news everywhere. Based on the latest news we can conclude it has been rather a stupid or a very clever attack. It looks like the attack was against one single blogger, to make him silent. After yesterday he will be more famous than ever before! His cached pages will be shown world wide.
“It was a simultaneous attack across a number of properties targeting him to keep his voice from being heard. We’re actively investigating the source of the attacks and we hope to be able to find out the individuals involved in the back end and to take action against them if we can.” Max Kelly, chief security officer at Facebook
Some sources blame the Russians, but we cannot know for sure yet. In fact an attack by them would be rather stupid as I mentioned before. It could be the opposite as well. It is possible that it was a trick to promote the blogger. Therefore, it is very important that the source of the attacks is found. The main question is who would benefit the most from this attack?
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