It seems like Twitter has been hacked by the so-called Iranian Cyber Army, some sort of a renegade hacker group that claims to be linked to Iran. I have been trying to log in for a while now and have failed to get any kind of access to the Twitter service. The tragedy is that I never thought for a minute that anything was wrong, mostly because we are so used to the Fail Whale and Over Capacity messages from the service that eventually wants to be the heartbeat of the web. So how did I find out about this outage? Thanks to old-fashioned emails, including one from Yusuf Motiwala, who sent the screen grab accompanying this post.
Twitter’s Biz Stone called the outage a DNS disruption.
Twitter’s DNS records were temporarily compromised tonight but have now been fixed. As some noticed, Twitter.com was redirected for a while but API and platform applications were working. We will update with more information and details once we’ve investigated more fully.