Friday, December 18, 2009

Twitter Offline, Apparently Due to Compromised DNS records

A group calling itself the Iranian Cyber Army has apparently taken Twitter offline. At the moment it's not clear what happened, but Twitter says it's a DNS attack. From what's been reported so far, Twitter's DNS provider ( may have been compromised, but seems only to affect twitter for now. It sounds like the perpetrators pointed the name to a non-existent IP address. As of now, twitter is still inaccessible (I'm in France).

DNS is the service that associates the name of a computer on the Internet to an IP address so that we humans don't have to remember a long string of numbers to access a website, just its name.

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