Posted on Oct 16, 2020 at 7:56 am
Donald Trump had to take his illness patiently. Twitter, the White House host’s favorite communication tool, broke down overnight from Thursday to Friday for two hours. “Twitter has been flat for many of you and we are working on a return to normal for everyone,” the Californian group quickly reacted. We have had issues with our internal systems and have no evidence of a security breach or computer attack. “
The blackout appears to have started around 9:30 p.m. GMT. Around midnight, it was possible to perform some actions, like retweet a message, but many users were still unable to send a new tweet. They continued to receive the message displayed when the outage started. The service has since been restored.
This failure occurred at the wrong time. The social network – like Facebook – has suffered, since Wednesday morning, the anger of the American right and many observers, unhappy that the platform has decided to block the sharing of an article of the “New York Post” based on pirated documents and compromising for Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, given the winner by most polls against Donald Trump.
The platform giants regularly experience large-scale outages. Twitter suffered one hour in July 2019, one lasting several hours a year ago, and yet another last February.
But these technical incidents worried users much less than computer attacks. In July, the tweet network was the victim of a spectacular cyber attack: the accounts of several major American personalities (Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates) were hacked. Messages posted to 130 accounts in all, most of them quickly deleted, gave Internet users 30 minutes to send $ 1,000 in bitcoin in order to earn double that value in return.
Jack Dorsey’s account hack
Several young Americans, aged 17 to 22, have since been charged. They allegedly targeted a handful of Twitter employees via a telephone phishing operation, in order to obtain their credentials.
In September 2019, the blue bird platform had also faced a brief but much commented attack: the account of Jack Dorsey, boss and founder of Twitter, had been hacked and insulting or racist messages had been posted in his name. . Bad publicity that would have gone well.