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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Paltalk DDoSed - March 2010


DATE:
2010-03

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
USA

AFFECTED SITES:
paltalk.com

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
n/a

SOURCE COUNTRY:
Egypt

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
48 hour attack

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
After a drive-by shooting in January, leaving many Coptic Christians in Egypt wounded or dead, that group used Paltalk as one of the means to expose their maltreatment by Egyptians and the Egyptian government. This DDoS would seem to be in order to shut down this mode of communication.

URLS:
1. http://news.uk.msn.com/forum/thread.aspx?threadid=1695835&thread=00000071-0000-0000-5be0-190000000000&board=00000071-0328-0000-0000-000000000000
2. http://www.sloppynoodle.com/wp/journalist-claims-that-egyptian-government-is-attempting-to-%E2%80%98silence%E2%80%99-the-%E2%80%99coptic-diaspora%E2%80%99-following-drive-by-shooting-on-january-6/


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