failwhale.jpgOkay, the Twitter outage yesterday wasn’t the end of the world. But it did put a crimp in our usual routine and made gathering breaking news and information that much more challenging for a good part of the day.

Yesterday, Twitter said its technical difficulties were a result of a denial of service attack, but what kind of person or group can launch such an attack and why would they do it? And can it happen again?

Our colleagues at WebNewser have a full report on the attacks that slowed down Twitter, as well as Facebook, LiveJournal and Google’s Blogger site. The attack seems to have been targeting a blogger from the Eastern European nation of Georgia, which is currently in the midst of a war with Russia, Facebook’s chief security officer Max Kelly told CNET News.

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