Recent hacking attempts on websites Facebook and Twitter made headlines worldwide, when hackers launched a massive coordinated attack overwhelming servers with communications requests.

Turns out the whole thing boiled down to a petty dispute between some computer geeks in Abkhazia, caught up in the current conflict between Georgia and Russia.

In order to prevent one user posting some provocative tweets, they took with them at least a few hours of precious posting time from internet addicts all over the world.

This kind of incident shows not only the vulnerability of these websites to the most elementary of attacks but also the vulnerability of the posting public.

No doubt these websites have the resources and revenue to develop defence systems that will one-day outsmart the most astute of hackers and computer geeks.

In the meantime however, it appears the public has so widely come to rely on tri-hourly blogging, twittering and status-updating that an equivalent attack in six months time could have disastrous effects. Widespread withdrawal systems. Panic Attacks. Friendships ruined, families torn apart.

Maybe not to that extreme. But in all seriousness, this families business was seriously affected by the ‘blackout’:

Lev Ekster

Lev Ekster and His Cupcakes

Credit: The New York Times/Suzanne DeChillo

For Lev Ekster, who runs a mobile cupcake truck called CupCake stop in New York, Thursday’s twitter hiccup meant no tweets to customers and fans on  the truck’s locations and the day’s flavors.”

Their conclusion? Not to put all your eggs in one basket:

“As soon as I saw the twitter outage, I went  on to our Facebook fan page,” said Ekster.

(Story courtesy of the Jakarta Post).