Podcast: Twitter attacker had Georgia in mind

CNET Internet security reporter and blogger Elinor Mills says that the denial of service attacks against Twitter, Facebook, and other sites may have been politically motivated

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CNET security and privacy reporter Elinor Mills, who has been reporting on the Twitter, Facebook, and Google denial of service attacks since early Thursday morning, interviewed a Facebook executive who told her that the attacks appeared not to be aimed at Twitter or Facebook but toward an individual person who blogs about independence of a breakaway region of Georgia. But even though it was aimed at one person, the sheer size of the attack was enough to bring down Twitter and impact Facebook.

The podcast runs 4 minutes and 53 seconds.

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About the author

Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate. He's been writing and speaking about Internet safety since he wrote Internet safety guide "Child Safety on the Information Highway" in 1994. He is co-director of ConnectSafely.org, founder of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com, and a board member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Larry's technology analysis and commentary can be heard on CBS News and CBS affiliates, and read on CBSNews.com. He also writes a personal-tech column for the San Jose Mercury News. You can e-mail Larry.

 

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