The social networking and micro blogging service Twitter.com was brought down by a major distributed denial of service attack earlier today. It took the service 3 hours to recover from the cyber attack
A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack occurs when hackers use infected computers to flood a website's server (or servers) with thousands of requests for data packets per minute. Since the server can't tell the difference between the good traffic and bad traffic, it crashes. The computer owners (YOU) don't even realize their computers were used in the attacks.
In the meantime, millions of Twitter addicts were forced to find something else to do with their time such as get a life, reacquaint themselves with their children and pets, or actually put in some work for their employers.