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Twitter suffered from yet more security jitters on Tuesday night, after another attack left the site briefly unavailable.

The outage lasted only about 30 minutes, from about 2020 (BST) and was far less severe than an attack last Thursday that took out the site for around two hours and left it offering impaired services for days afterwards.

Last week's attack is widely attributed to an assault on accounts run by a Georgian blogger. The apparent assault on Cyxymu coincided with the first anniversary of the ground war between Georgia and Russia. Accounts maintained by Cyxymu on Facebook, Blogger and LiveJournal were also targeted, as well as Twitter, but only the micro-blogging service suffered downtime.

Twitter is still investigating the cause of Tuesday's brief outage, which followed a site update that may (or may not) have played a role in subsequent events. ®

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