Posts tagged “DDoS”

Activists accuse Vietnam of cyber attack

Source: AFP – Yahoo! News

A US-based opposition group labelled “terrorist” by Vietnam on Monday blamed the communist government for a cyber attack that it said had crippled its website. “Beginning on August 13, hackers launched a sustained attack against www.viettan.org,” said Viet Tan, also known as the Vietnam Reform Party, which campaigns for peaceful political change in the authoritarian state. On August 13 the “Hanoi government’s firewall” was lifted to allow a “botnet”, or network of compromised computers, to take down the Viet Tan website, the group alleged in a statement.

Russian LiveJournal users fear election crackdown

Source: Olga Khrustaleva, Moscow News

The biggest-ever hack attack on LiveJournal, the world’s biggest blogging network, and its prominent opposition voices, has prompted bloggers to fear a new wave of shut-offs closer to the elections.

Last week, from Monday to Friday, a massive series of DDoS attacks, believed to emanate from computers in Latin America, hit LiveJournal’s Qwest and Verizon servers – hitting the network’s most prominent anti-government critics, including anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny.

The bloggers are hitting back, however, accusing authorities of wanting to quieten opposition in the run-up to the elections – but insisting the clampdown would be unsuccessful.

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Ongoing Attacks on Human Rights Web sites and the Problem of Attribution

“A number of cyber attacks took place against human rights groups this week; including Armorize’s discovery of a variant of a “drive-by-download” attack on Amnesty International’s Web site. As this Armorize blogpost explains, “A drive-by download attack refers to the process of a user visiting an infected page and subsequently gets installed with malware, without his/her knowledge and without having him/her to click on or to agree to anything.” In the case of this week’s attack on Amnesty International, a “drive-by-cache attack” (term dubbed by Amorize) was launched.”

From Information Warfare Monitor

Chinese Hackers Attack Change.org Platform in Reaction to Ai Weiwei Campaign

“Attackers use distributed denial of service attack to bring down the world’s fastest growing social action platform after more than 90,000 people in 175 countries call for release of Chinese dissident artist.

Chinese hackers temporarily brought down the world’s fastest-growing social action platform after more than 90,000 people in 175 countries endorsed an online call for the release of internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

Weiwei, best known for his role in the construction of the Beijing Olympic stadium and his recent Sunflower Seeds exhibition at the Tate Modern, has become an increasingly outspoken critic of the Chinese government in recent years, in particular over the handling of the 2008 earthquake in the country’s Sichuan province.”

From The Official Blog of Change.org

Internet-based attacks on critical systems rise

“Internet-based attacks on critical systems such as gas, power and water have increased around the world, a report suggests.

Security firm McAfee surveyed 200 IT executives working for utility companies in 14 countries.

Eight out of 10 said their networks had been targeted by hackers during the past year.”

From BBC News

Malaysiakini down, hit by cyber attacks

“A cyber attack beginning at 11am today shut down Malaysiakini servers simultaneously, making the website inaccessible to readers four days ahead of the Sarawak election.

The Malaysiakini technical team has determined it to be a denial-of-service attack, where an attacker uses computers in different parts of the world to swarm Malaysiakini servers to the point that they are unable to cope with the massive traffic.”

From Malaysiakini

Hackers attack websites of Russian paper, blog

“A cyber attack on Friday paralyzed the website of a popular Russian independent newspaper, days after similar attacks knocked out Russia’s most popular blogging site, Live Journal.

The Novaya Gazeta newspaper’s website went down early Friday after a massive denial-of-service attack, Dmitry Muratov, the newspaper’s editor, told The Associated Press.

Muratov said the attacks aim to “discredit the public platforms which express alternative points of views.” He said he believed the attacks are linked to Russia’s 2011 parliamentary election and its presidential election in 2012.”

From The Globe and Mail

U.S. trains activists worldwide in phone, Internet protection

“WASHINGTON – The United States is training thousands of cell phone and Internet pro-democracy campaigners worldwide to evade security forces in what it calls a “cat-and-mouse game” with authoritarian governments.

The U.S. government is sponsoring efforts to help activists in Arab and other countries gain access to technology that circumvents government firewalls, secures telephone text and voice messages, and prevents attacks on websites.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is campaigning hard for freedoms of expression, assembly and association online – what she calls the world’s town square or coffee house of the 21st century.”

From The Vancouver Sun