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Another Twitter DDoS?

Twitter was knocked offline again on Tuesday, the second prolonged outage affecting the popular microblogging site in less than a week. The company did not immediately know the cause of the latest service interruption, only stating in its Status blog that, "We're back up and analyzing the traffic data to determine the nature of this attack." The site was down for about 20 minutes on Tuesday, starting around 3 p.m. EST. Last week's downtime, which lasted a couple of hours, was traced to distributed denial-of-service attacks launched against the Twitter account of a pro-Georgian blogger. Facebook and LiveJournal also were hit but did not sustain any significant downtime. — DK
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Network intelligence firm Tektronix buys Arbor

Tektronix Communications, provider of communications test and network intelligence products, announced Monday that it has acquired Arbor Networks, which makes network security solutions that prevent distributed denial-of-service attacks. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to Plano, Texas-based Tektronix, the purchase will allow the company to extend network security and monitoring services to its fixed-line mobile, converged/IP and enterprise customers. Chelmsford, Mass.-based Arbor Networks' also makes a broadband service optimization product. — DK
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O’Reilly, Coulter DDoSer sentenced to 30 months

A former University of Akron student was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison for using the school's computer network to control a botnet and launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against conservative websites belonging to Bill O'Reilly, Ann Coulter and Rudy Giuliani. Mitchell Frost, 23, of Bellevue, Ohio admitted to, in 2006 and 2007, scanning the internet to find vulnerable computer networks to access and gain control over and then using the botnet to initiate DDoS attacks that temporarily interrupted the operation of www.billoreilly.com, www.anncoulter.com and www.joinrudy2008.com. He also must serve three years of supervised release. - DK
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