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Twitter crash: Hack or hardware fail?

Twitter blames a cascading bug, but hacking group UGNazi claims responsibility.

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Published: Friday, June 22 2012 12:01 p.m. MDT

Twitter claims their outage was equipment-related, denying the involvement of hackers. The hacking group UGNazi, however, claimed via Twitter to have been responsible for taking down Twitter.

Koji Sasahara, AP

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Our take: After the popular social media outlet Twitter was unaccessable for two hours on Thursday, there are two different reasons why it happened - either it was equipment-related, or a group hacked into the website.

Twitter was unavailable for about two hours Thursday due to a bug or to a denial of service attack.

Twitter claims the problem was equipment-related. "Today's outage is due to a cascaded bug in one of our infrastructure components," a company spokesman said in an email, denying the involvement of hackers.

The hacking group UGNazi, however, claimed via Twitter to have been responsible for taking down Twitter.

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