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Denial of Service Attack Killed Twitter (and it may have been your fault)

Posted on Friday, August 21, 2009

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You may have heard about the recent attack on the hugely popular micro-blogging site twitter.com. The attack was a DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service attack. Basically, it was a bunch of PC’s infected with malware, all trying to access twitter.com at once until the service crashed. DDoS can happen at any time, to any business. Here are some key lessons to be learned that you should implement in your network (with more in the attached article from PC Magazine):

-Install security software on every PC in your network and pay for the updates

-Run regular PC scans for malware

-Stop doing risky things online and put in place a company-wide IT policy supporting this.

Here is the PC Magazine linke with more practical tips