Feeds

Twitter back online (mostly) after unexplained outage

Thar blows the Fail Whale

The essential guide to IT transformation

Updated Twitter users have been outraged after services failed for a few hours on Thursday, but there are still reports of the Fail Whale surfacing on occasion.

The problems started around 9am Pacific Time (5pm UT) and, after service resumption, it failed again around 90 minutes later. As we post this piece just before 2pm Pacific Time, the problems are still unresolved, according to the Twitter Status page. "The issue is on-going and engineers are working to resolve it," it says.

Fail whale

Thar she blows

According to the BBC, Twitter has reported that the problems stemmed from "a cascaded bug in one of our infrastructure components," and the outage appears to have hit all services, desktop and mobile, and there are sporadic reports of further problems.

It's Twitter's biggest outage of the year so far, and occurred at a particularly busy time in the day for the company, with European users complaining about the commute from the office while San Franciscans were sending out pictures of the latest breakfast creation from Tartine. ®

Update

Twitter has confirmed that the problems were caused by a bug and says the knock-on effects of the outage have been considerable.

twitter outage update

In other words this may take some time to resolve

However, a hacking group called UG Nazi has claimed responsibility for the outage. Hannah Sweet, who claims to represent the group, told CBS that the interruption in service was due to a DDoS attack by the group and was still ongoing.

"They keep moving servers and we keep attacking it," she said. The motivation behind the attack is Twitter's support for the controversial CISPA legislation currently going through Congress, she explained.

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Netflix swallows yet another bitter pill, inks peering deal with TWC
Net neutrality crusader once again pays up for priority access
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.