Twitter Downtime The Result Of Hacktivist ‘Lulz’ ?

Despite telling the world that “the issue [was] that there was a cascading bug in one of our infrastructure components,” it seems that at least one hacktivist group is claiming responsibility for Twitter’s downtime yesterday. A member of the Underground Nazi Hacktivist Group (UGNazi) told the Telegraph that their group was solely responsible for taking down the social network:

Cosmos offered differing motives for the attack to various press outlets. In an email to, she claimed it was in protest of Twitter’s support for the controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which calls for sharing network traffic information and data about cybersecurity threats between the U.S. authorities and private companies. However, Cosmos claimed fewer political aspirations in her conversation with the Telegraph, telling the paper: “The attack was mainly for the ‘lulz’, it goes to show what we are capable of.”

So there you have it, your controversy for Friday afternoon. Twitter says it was a “cascading” problem, and UGNazi says that it was a DDoS for the ‘Lulz.’

What do you think?

Source: The Telegraph and BetaBeat

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