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Twitter (or X) faces widespread disruption following DDOS attack – Anonymous Sudan claims responsibility

2023-08-27 11.59.02

Twitter (or X), one of the world’s largest social media platforms, experienced a significant disruption this morning as it fell victim to a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack. The attack, which began around 08:45 AM European Time, resulted in the platform being rendered inaccessible for approximately one hour. Anonymous Sudan, a hacktivist group with reported ties to Russian backers, swiftly claimed responsibility for the cyberattack.

The attack left millions of users across the globe unable to access their Twitter accounts or use the platform’s services. Twitter users took to other social media platforms to express their frustration and share their experiences during the downtime. The incident underscored the vulnerability of even the most prominent online platforms to malicious cyberattacks.

Anonymous Sudan, which has been involved in various cyber campaigns targeting Western infrastructure, released a statement shortly after the attack began on their Telegram channel, claiming responsibility for the disruption. The group asserted that the attack was carried out as a means of protest against what it referred to as “Western influence” and alleged unfair policies imposed on certain regions. The hacktivist group’s statement also hinted at potential future attacks against other high-profile targets.

Twitter’s technical teams worked tirelessly to mitigate the effects of the DDOS attack and restore normal operations. The platform was gradually brought back online, and by approximately 09:45 AM, users reported regaining access to their accounts and services. Twitter’s official statement acknowledged the disruption, attributing it to a “malicious cyber incident” and assured users that security measures were being taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The incident serves as a reminder of the critical role social media platforms play in communication and information dissemination, making them attractive targets for cyber attackers. While the motive behind the attack remains a subject of debate, experts in the field highlight the importance of bolstering cybersecurity measures to safeguard against potential threats.

As investigations continue into the extent of the breach and the methods employed by the hacktivist group, will closely monitor the situation and provide updates on any significant developments. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the evolving nature of cyber threats and the need for constant vigilance to protect digital infrastructure.

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