I agree with this, although it's not just the US economy... hurts many
other countries too... well businesses within those countries anyway!

On Aug 7, 8:02 pm, Jesse Stay <jesses...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks for the communication - this is good.  Just curious - with entire
> businesses being put out of place, and rumors that the Russian Gov't may be
> behind such attacks, is Twitter communicating with Homeland Security about
> this?  To me this seems like a matter of national security even more than it
> is a Twitter issue.  The US economy is being attacked because of this.
> Not to sound too radical - I'm just genuinely curious when the Government is
> going to get involved.  (and thank you for doing what you can - I'm sure I
> speak for all when I say we feel your pain)
>
> Jesse
>
>
>
> On Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 2:05 PM, Ryan Sarver <rsar...@twitter.com> wrote:
> > I wanted to send everyone an update to let you know what has been
> > happening, the known issues, some suggestions on how to resolve them and
> > some idea of how to move forward.
>
> > *Whats been happening*
> > As you know all too well Twitter, among other services, has been getting
> > hit pretty hard with a DDoS attack over the past 24+ hours. Yesterday we saw
> > the attack come in a number of waves and from a number of different vectors
> > increasing in intensity along the way. We were able to stabilize our own
> > service for a bit, hence Biz's post saying all was 
> > well<http://blog.twitter.com/2009/08/update-on-todays-dos-attacks.html>,
> > but that didn't mean the attacks had ceased. In fact, at around 3am PST
> > today the attacks intensified to almost 10x of what it was yesterday. In
> > order for us to defend from the attack we have had to put a number of
> > services in place and we know that some of you have gotten caught in the
> > crossfire. Please know we are as frustrated as you are and wish there was
> > more we could have communicated along the way.
>
> > *Known Issues*
> > * - HTTP 300 response codes* - One of the measures in thwarting the
> > onslaught requires that all traffic respect HTTP 30x response codes. This
> > will help us identify the good traffic from the bad.
> > * - General throttling* - Try to throttle your services back as much as
> > possible for you to continue operating. We are working on our end to better
> > understand the logic used in throttling traffic on the edge of the network
> > and will communicate what we can, but the best idea is to just throttle back
> > as much as you can in the mean time.
> > * - Streaming API* - as part of the edge throttling we know requests to
> > the Streaming API with lists of keywords or uses are getting dropped because
> > the request is too large. We are working to get this filter removed and will
> > update the list when we know more.
> > - *Unexpected HTTP response codes* - we know people are seeing a lot of
> > other weirdness and we aren't exactly sure what to attribute the various
> > issues to, but know that you aren't alone.
>
> > As the attacks change our tactics for defense will likely need to change as
> > well, so stay active on the list and let us know what problems you are
> > seeing and we will do our best to help guide you along.
>
> > *Moving forward *
> > We will try to communicate as much as we can so you guys are up to speed as
> > things change and progress. I personally apologize for not communicating
> > more in the mean time but there hasn't been much guidance we have been able
> > to give other than hold tight with us. We fully appreciate all the long
> > hours you are putting in to keep your apps running and supporting your users
> > and know we are frustrated with you. Continue to watch this list,
> > status.twitter.com and @twitterapi for updates
>
> > Thanks for your patience, Ryan
>
> > PM, Platform Team
> > @rsarver <http://twitter.com/rsarver>

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