Earlier this week, Twitter experience a major Denial of Service (DoS) attack. This basically shut the service down completely and many of the third-party clients also experienced difficulties. As of this morning, I was still having difficulty accessing the website. Why did this happen? According to the New York Times:
"Attackers, who are reportedly trying to silence a political blogger from the republic of Georgia, continue to send data requests to Twitter at many times the level the site typically handles, according to NTT America, Twitter’s network provider. NTT has been able to identify and filter out the attack traffic so legitimate users can get through, said Kazuhiro Gomi, NTT America’s chief technology officer."
You can read the full article here.
So, unlike China who has recently blocked access to social networking sites, apparently Russia does not have the ability to do this and must resort to hacking tactics to prevent it's people from communicating via social networking tools.
You know a Social Networking tool has become powerful and viable once entire countries are trying to keep it's people from using the service! It would seem the "Cold War" is now officially over and the digital war is upon us. The battlefields have yet to be clearly drawn, but one government after another is quickly realizing the power of the internet as a social communication and collaboration medium.
Another aspect of how powerful Social Networking has become is how co-dependent we have already become on it's use. When, I was unable to get into Twitter this morning, I literally began to feel my anxiety and bloodpressure rise. I wasn't sure if it was my network, or the DoS still causing problems. The frustration of not being able to connect with my peers on Twitter, was not only dishearting but made me feel completely disconnected!
It's simply amazing how quickly the tools of the 21st century have become ingrained into our everyday lives.