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Hackers claim credit for Twitter outage

The UGNazi group claims to have brought the site down for about 40 minutes this evening.

A HACKER GROUP has claimed credit for this evening’s outages at Twitter after the company said it was affected by a “cascaded bug” which hit the wildly popular website.

A tweet (ironic?) from the group called UGNazi, which has been linked to attacks on US government websites claimed that the group was responsible for the problem.

The term “tango down” is sometimes used in the hacker community to refer to a so-called denial of service attack which can shut down a website.

The company first acknowledged “issues accessing Twitter” and said its “engineers are currently working to resolve the issue”.

Around an hour later, Twitter said: “The issue has been resolved and all services are currently operational.”

But after the problems resurfaced, Twitter said: “Today’s outage is due to a cascaded bug in one of our infrastructure components”.

The on-again-off-again access led to a barrage of comments and tweets about the problem, underscoring the growing importance of the messaging service.

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Here at TheJournal.ie we provided a few alternative suggestions about what to do while Twitter is down. Keep it handy in case it happens again.

The site, which allows its members to post brief comments, links or pictures, claims to have more than 140 million active users, with the largest number in the United States. There are about 380,000 active Irish accounts.

Twitter has not confirmed whether or not it was the victim of a deliberate attack.

- Additional reporting by AFP

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