Translation of Adam’s post
Popular social networks Facebook, Livejournal and Twitter were down from 7 p.m on August, 06. The first one recovered quite soon, Twitter hardly started working unstably by the midnight, while Livejournal remained inaccessible till late night.
First, I dared to think that the Kazakh Agency for Informatization and Communications is so zealous in implementing of the Law on Internet Regulation that it has decided to block even ninjacloak.com proxy, Tor servers and even humble Twitter – as a bonus to forcing all Kazakh ISPs to block access to Livejournal. But then, after having checked status.livejournal.com, it became clear that it was not “our” fault.
The most detailed update could be found on The Washington Times by the TechCrunch reporter, who ironically commented that all around the world the increase of working efficiency was noted at that time. As it was found out in a couple of hours after the outage of the sites, the reason of failure was Denial-of-Service Attacks. As it turned out, Yahoo also was down for 15 minutes the day before the blackout of the social networks, but the reason of the failure was not disclosed. Bloggers, who commented my post on Kazakh blog-platform Yvision, made various funny suppositions on the causes of blackout, e.g.:
DeaTh: The DDoS attack was orchestrated by the employers’ union.
Darx: Maybe the reason is that the Chinese Internet users got access to external networks?
Bad luck often brings good luck, and Livejournal became temporarily accessible from Kazakhstan due to the move of servers and change of IP-addresses.