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CyberlifeTwitter goes down and believers in conspiracy theories pounce

Published 7 November 2016

Twitter service in Japan and parts of the United States was down earlier today (Monday), shortly after WikiLeaks claimed that its servers had been subjected to a cyberattack. When service was restored, some users were quick to see a conspiracy, linking the outages at WikiLeaks and Twitter to the WikiLeaks release of a new set of hacked e-mails from the Democrat National Committee. “.@Twitter was down ~ 25 min. #DDOS or US Govt? #DNCLeak2 intel docs reference killings of Vince Foster & Ron Brown,” said one tweet.

Twitter rendered unavailable, stopped by DDoS attack // Source: commons.wikimedia.org

Twitter service in Japan and parts of the United States was down earlier today (Monday), shortly after WikiLeaks claimed that its servers had been subjected to a cyberattack. Mashable reports that a Twitter status monitor said the outage began at around 6.45am GMT and continued for around half an hour, but there were reports of different users experiences different downtime.

Reports of the outage peaked at almost 14,000, according to Downdetector.com, which also said that many users were still experiencing problems in Japan more than a couple of hours later.

Twitter is yet to comment on the loss of service.

The Twitter downtime followed shortly after WikiLeaks posted a message to its Facebook account in which it claimed that there was a DoS attack on WikiLeaks servers, which caused a brief outage.

In the post, WikiLeakes said: “We are still under a DoS attack on our e-mail publication servers and it appears that Twitter is down as well, we are unable to confirm if this is an attack on twitter at this time.”

After Twitter service was restored, some supporters of Donald Trump were quick to see a conspiracy, linking the outages at WikiLeaks and Twitter to the WikiLeaks release of a new set of hacked e-mails from the Democrat National Committee.

Twitter went down because Wikileaks released #DNCleak2
It has begun! They’re trying to suppress the truth from coming out!!!
— Russell Silva (@americanism98) November 7, 2016

Wikileaks and twitter were both shut down briefly after Wikileaks dropped info that can get Hillary imprisoned! Coincidence? Russia? NOT
— Deplorable Aaron

MASSIVE DDoS attacks on WikiLeaks. Also took down Twitter/Reddit. Others as well. Get out and vote! They can’t win!#VinceFoster#DNCLeaks
— V (@_RealValentina_) November 7, 2016

so twitter was down due to the #DNCLeak2 released by @wikileaks - we should be worried, global censorship is heading our way.
— Red Eyed Jedi (@__Mr_P) November 7, 2016

Holy #DNCLeaks2, NSA just shut twitter down and wiki leaks is now under DDos Attack #DNCLeak2
— DeplorableWA4Trump (@matt768) November 7, 2016

.@Twitter was down ~ 25 min. #DDOS or US Govt? #DNCLeak2 intel docs reference killings of Vince Foster & Ron Brown.
— Woobie Tuesday (@WoobieTuesday) November 7, 2016

Twitter goes down when #DNCLeak2 really starts trending. Hmm.
— c h r i s (@Blackout9k) November 7, 2016