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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

8 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty sites DDoSed - April 2008


DATE:
2008-04

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Belarus, Kosovo, Russia, Iran, Tajikistan, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Croatia, and Azerbijan

AFFECTED SITES:
8 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty sites

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Some taken offline/interrupted.

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
At one point the Web sites were getting up to 50,000 fake hits per second (1).

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty were planning to cover protests concerning the lack of compensation for Chernobyl victims and the government's plan to build a new nuclear power station. The attacks started on the 22nd anniversary of the disaster. Belarus was hit first, followed by the rest. RFE/RL president Jeff Gedmin compared this event to Cold War era radio jamming of their signal by Communist countries.

URLS:
1. http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9933746-7.html
2. http://www.rferl.org/content/pressrelease/1110126.html


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