Posted by Charles II on January 1, 2011
Lance Whitney, CNET:
Hackers are increasingly hitting the Web sites of human rights and independent media groups in an attempt to silence them, says a new study released this week by Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
Based on a survey of 45 groups, the report “Distributed Denial of Service Attacks Against Independent Media and Human Rights Sites” found that a large percentage said they’ve been targeted by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks from those who disagree with their viewpoints. The Web sites typically have been knocked offline for short periods of time but in some cases have been down for days….
One example cited in the Berkman Center’s study was that of Russian independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta. …Though Sokolov can’t be sure who’s behind the attacks, he believes the culprits are government-sponsored “Kremlin Youth” organizations.
And that’s presumably who was hitting Wikileaks. The American chapter of Kremlin Youth, otherwise known as Republicans.
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