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Twitter experiencing a Denial of Service Attack

August 7, 2009

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As our tweeps have noticed, Twitter and Hootsuite and Tweetdeck… etc was knocked over by a technical assault yesterday morning and they’re still having issues.

Check out Twitter Status for the latest update.

The Botnet
How did this happen? Hackers. Yes, honest-to-goodness hackers. Using an army of PC’s (a botnet) commandeered using virus software the hacker can use these zombie PCs to send phony service requests to a server until it just shuts down. No one has been able to determine what the motive is behind this attack, whether it’s some punk showing off or something more sinister. From Telegraph.co.uk: “During last year’s conflict between Georgia and Russia, denial of service attacks were carried out against high-profile websites in both countries, although the perpetrators were never identified.” As Twitter is still a fairly new company, it was particularly vulnerable to such an attack that companies like Facebook and Google weather from time to time.

Since yesterday Twitter has instituted some security measures, but many of their users (American Nutrition, for example) are left unable to Tweet. We are still able to run our Deals of the Day, however, through Facebook and our blog. Hopefully Twitter can get this straightened out, best of luck to them. Let this also serve as a reminder to PC users to keep their antivirus software up to date!

Men’s Health Week – June 15-21, 2009

June 15, 2009

Men’s Health Week starts today and runs through June 21, 2009. We will be doing a series of blog posts this week dedicated to men’s health.

To mark Men’s Health Week, a report was published today showing men are almost 40 percent more likely than women to die from cancer, and they are 16 percent more likely to develop the disease in the first place. The study was done by the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) and Cancer Research UK together with the Men’s Health Forum.

The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

LEARN MORE ABOUT Men’s Health Week and how you can participate.

National Running Day

June 3, 2009

National Running Day

Join people across the country to celebrate National Running Day today and get out there and run. The day celebrates the benefits of running as part of a healthy and active lifestyle in order to combat today’s most pressing health issues.

A variety of National Running Day activities are planned for the day throughout the country, including professional athlete appearances, free running events, group runs, and clinics.

You can also participate and share your running experiences virtually by following the event on Twitter; joining the Facebook Group; and checking out the photos on Flickr.