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Hacker group says it crashed Twitter

By Cecelia Hanley - email

(RNN) - For about 40 minutes, millions of people who like to share every minutia of the lives (including this writer) who felt lost because Twitter was down, as well as all the programs people use to access their Twitter accounts, such as Tweet Deck and HootSuite.

The hacker group UGNazi has claimed responsibility for crashing the social media site. During the attack, anyone searching for Twitter in Google or Bing would not have been able to find the website - the internet did not recognize it as website that existed.

The hacker Hannah Sweet, known as "Cosmo" within the group and by the Twitter handle @CosmoTheGod, confirmed in an email that UGNazi took Twitter down for 40 minutes worldwide with a "distributed denial of service" attack.

In subsequent emails, Sweet said that the group attacked Twitter because of their support of Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), a bill which allows the government and private businesses share information about possible cyber threats.

CISPA has been criticized for being too vague and not really defining what exactly qualifies as a "cyber threat," and that the government would be able spy on the general public, not just hackers. 

The Twitter company blog (on Tumblr) issued this succinct update:

Update: The issue is on-going and engineers are working to resolve it.

Their previous statement on the issue, which would fit the 140 character requirement for a tweet was:

Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue.

Twitter addict should be warned, the group said they will "most likely" attack Twitter again.

UGNazi said that the group is based in the U.S. and that "The FBI has been on our trail for awhile now." Sweet also stated that the group has posted their real names on the UGNazi website.

"Those names are our real names, we are not scared of the law," Sweet said.

Of course, the hack occurred during the lunch hour in Eastern and central time, so foodies weren't able to share photos of their lunch and those younger than 40 actually had to talk to people in the room - or they just posted on Facebook.

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