But they could have just as well targeted Twitter itself. That's because the effects were the same whether the excess traffic went to the "twitter.com" home page or to the page for Cyxymu at "twitter.com/cyxymu." Same with Facebook and LiveJournal.
As annoying as the Twitter outage may have been for some, it was nothing compared with the havoc that would have resulted from a cell phone service outage.
SHOOT: It was frustrating not being able to use it. The amount of that frustration is a possible argument for paying a yearly subscription fee for the service. Of course, that also pavesthe way for an imitation twitter that's free, or just using Facebook's status updates.
"A denial of service attack like this one is a very blunt instrument," said Ray Dickenson, chief technology officer at Authentium, a computer security firm