Hack attack spares MySpace injury, but not insult

August 6, 2009

MySpace.com dodged a bullet on Thursday, but in the process the social networking site may have gotten a stinging slap in the face instead.

Hackers trained their fire on social media highflyers Twitter and Facebook Thursday morning, knocking the former entirely offline for a few hours and slowing things down on the latter site.

LiveJournal, a blogging site, was also a victim of the so-called denial of service attacks.

At MySpace, once the Internet’s top social networking destination, life went on as usual.

Perhaps the malefactors didn’t deem MySpace a target worthy of attention. MySpace’s popularity has waned at a time when Facebook and Twitter have experienced massive user growth.

In June, MySpace announced plans to cut 30 percent of its U.S. workforce and to close at least four international offices.

Or perhaps the site, owned by News Corp, was more adept at fending off Thursday’s cyberattacks.

MediaFile wanted to ask MySpace what the story was, and see if it felt snubbed in the event that hackers had overlooked it, but the company would not make a spokesperson available for comment.

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I need help signing on to my space acount …..

Posted by Barry white | Report as abusive

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I had the same thing happen to our business and it lasted 3 months

Maybe it’s just more evidence supporting the theory that the attack was aimed at a single person who happened to have accounts on the targeted sites.

Posted by Ian Kemmish | Report as abusive

Maybe myspace was harder to crack which is why they were not attacked.

Maybe Myspace will learn that one of the reasons so many people left is it turned into an Ad-Fest.Even the music players are stopped every 2 or 3 songs by an ad!

Posted by chris | Report as abusive

The hackers probably didn’t want to deal with having to get through all the captchas on Myspace just to accomplish anything!! LOL!!

Posted by Daniel | Report as abusive

Rupert Murdoch,Strikes again.

Posted by Kent | Report as abusive

Great info. Thanks for sharing