Attack On Georgian Activist Brought Down Twitter & Facebook

A little-known Georgian activist going by the name of Cyxymu could have been the cause of one of the biggest distributed denial of services ever to have struck the Web 2.0 ecosystem.

Cnet reports that hackers may have attacked the accounts of the blogger who lives in a town in Georgia in a bid to silence him and bringing down the platforms that supports them.

Cyxymu has been an outspoken critic of the conflict between Georgia and Russia over the disputed region of South Ossetia. A short-lived war started on the 7th of August last year with a number of cyber-attacks, similar to the one that occured yesterday, happening.

Max Kelly, the chief security officer for Facebook, told Cnet that "It was a simultaneous attack across a number of properties targeting him to keep his voice from being heard"

He further added that "We're actively investigating the source of the attacks and we hope to be able to find out the individuals involved in the back end and to take action against them if we can."

A spokesperson for Facebook also dismissed the claims that a massive spam campaigns where the emails contained the links to the various online accounts of "Cyxymu" might have caused the crash.

The coordinated attacks targeted not only Twitter and Facebook but also Livejournal, Blogger, YouTube and Google Sites and show how vulnerable and fragile cloud computing is when criminals or rogue elements decide to act in concert.