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Sorry to burst your conspiracy bubble.
A network configuration error led to Twitter’s outage early Monday morning, according to Mazdak Hashemi, the network’s infrastructure and uptime engineer.
The recent Twitter interruption was due to a network routing misconfiguration during internal testing. We apologize for the inconvenience.
— ıɯəɥsɐɥ ʞɐpzɐɯ (@mazdakh) November 7, 2016
While lasting only half an hour and subsiding in the small hours of morning, the technical issue at Twitter immediately became fodder for conspiracy theorists who blamed the downtime on a denial-of-service attack purportedly intended to silence WikiLeaks, which said its website was under attack shortly after publishing another batch of Democratic National Committee emails.
“We are still under a DoS attack on our email 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,” WikiLeaks said in a statement, while requesting donations to “increase capacity.”
twitter and wikileaks getting that old ddos at the same time eh
— Kalli Kallington 🐸 (@yokalli) November 7, 2016
A source at Twitter confirmed to the Daily Dot by direct message that the network’s downtime was unrelated to the alleged attack on WikiLeaks.
Dell Cameron was a reporter at the Daily Dot who covered security and politics. In 2015, he revealed the existence of an American hacker on the U.S. government's terrorist watchlist. He is a co-author of the Sabu Files, an award-nominated investigation into the FBI's use of cyber-informants. He became a staff writer at Gizmodo in 2017.