A cyber attack paralyzed the web site of Novaya Gazeta on recently in Russia after a massive denial-of-service attack. The attacks were caused by an influx of computers all trying to connect to the news site at the same time, which overwhelmed the computer server that handles all of the sites web traffic.
Novaya Gazeta’s web site typically receives upto 120,000 unique visitors every day, but this attack was so strong that at one point the website recieved 70,000 visit requests every in mere seconds repeatedly.
The attacks were aimed to discredit alternative points of view which were said to be a move to censor the site. LiveJournal, Russia’s most popular blogging site, suffered similiar outages earlier as well. Dmitry Medvedev, President and blogging enthusiast, condemned the attack as “outrageous and illegal.”
The attacks were also linked to an upcoming vote. Novaya Gazeta reported that the attack on the newspaper and on LiveJournal originated from the same source. Bloggers have speculated that the authorities were behind the LiveJournal attack, saying that no one else has the resources within the country to stage a web attack like that
From the Web Traffic News Desk,
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