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Integralis Expert Resource Available to Discuss Twitter Denial of Service Attack and Web 2.0 Security
Date:8/6/2009

EAST HARTFORD, Conn., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ --

WHAT:

Twitter was shut down Thursday morning August 6 due to a denial of service attack.

Eric Greenberg, Sr. VP of security and risk solutions at Integralis, can discuss:

- Why are Web 2.0 sites like Twitter targets for DDOS attacks?

Twitter is a communication platform that is more like a human brain than a simple website. Its users are within the brain and its neurons, or communication impulses, occur between users within Twitter. Twitter encourages this kind of far-ranging impulse any-to-any and many-to-many communication; it's what makes it Web 2.0. At the same time, it sets the groundwork for an "enemy within." Accounts within Twitter that are taken over, unknown to the users, that in a very difficult to detect manner are made to send messages through the neural social network in a way that is difficult to detect and stop. The very nature of Web 2.0 makes it prone to denial of service attacks.

- What can Web 2.0 sites do to protect themselves?

A new paradigm of trust in a web 2.0 world needs to be established. There is no sense of trust in web 2.0, instead it represents viral communication. Protection of accounts, trust that you know and understand who your connections are, and awareness that as an individual you are part of a powerful ecosystem is necessary. It's an education process, much like the one we had to build at Netscape with the public around using the web and security.

- What implications does this have for corporations that rely on Web 2.0 for reaching their customers?

It highlights the inherent risks and "differences" in Web 2.0 from conventional forms of communication, outreach, and protection. The rate at which a denial of service attack can occur is similar to the rate at wh
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