Like many others, I woke up yesterday morning to find Twitter down. While I was trying to check Twitter, my wife was trying to get at her Facebook page and was surprised at how slow it was. “The internet is slow!” she exclaimed. A few minutes later I caught the report on the fact that Twitter had experienced a denial of service attack. Based on today’s reports, it appears that the denial of service attack was a Russian attack on a Georgian citizen who had made politically charged comments about the Russo-Georgian conflict last year. Organizations around the world see social media as the future of customer growth and they are spending large sums of money on very expensive people to advance their social web marketing agendas, and therein lies the risk…
The United States Marines today announce a ban on Twitter, Facebook and several other Social Media sites. This ban is to be in force for 1 year and it is being done because “These internet sites in general are a proven haven for malicious actors and content and are particularly high risk due to information exposure, user generated content and targeting by adversaries.”
No doubt that for the Marines themselves and their families this is a very disappointing thing.
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