Just as the channel was getting used to the idea of Twitterbeing a useful form of communication the failure of the social networking siteto cope with a denial of service (DoS) attack has shown up potential problems.
What security experts are claiming was a DoS attack took theTwitter service down for at least 90 minutes yesterday afternoon preventing thesharing of news and information through the 140 character tweets.
The platform continued to suffer from unstable performancefor most of last night as it got back on its feet.
The majority of vendors are signed up to the free servicesharing information about activities, product releases and patches to thereseller base via the web.
In a blog post Sophos’s security expert Graham Cluley, saidthat there were ramifications for business users.
“Don't underestimate the impact an attack like this canhave, by the way. Twitter isn't just about meaningless piffle...companies are using it to keep in touch with theircustomer base,” he wrote.
He added that Facebook had also reported problems leavingmillions without the opportunity to talk to each other via social networkingsites.
MicroScope can be followed on twitter at Channelnews.