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Monday, June 28, 2010

Tunis Online hacked - December 2008


DATE:
2008-12

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Tunisia

AFFECTED SITES:
tunis-online.net

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Some data destroyed

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
"cronies of the Tunisian regime"

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Hack

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Tunisia Online hacked, data destroyed (some recovered). Report is encouraged by the attack as confirmation that they're work has caused grief.

URLS:
1. http://www.tunisnews.net/19Decembre08a.htm


Tunisnews attacked - April 2004


DATE:
2004-04

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Tunisia

AFFECTED SITES:
tunisnews.net

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
n/a

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
n/a

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Translation from Arabic makes details fuzzy. A cyberattack was waged against the site as well as "Contact Us Tunisia 2003." May have been a hack via admin's email address.

URLS:
1. http://www.tunisnews.net/29avril04.htm


China Mobile hacked - September 2006


DATE:
2006-09

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
China

AFFECTED SITES:
chinamobile.com, m-zone.com.cn

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Defaced

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
"【935fa12ec828a3f3】"

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Hack, defacement

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
China Mobile's sites attacked to protest "mobile tariff". Chinamobile.com was restored after some hours, m-zone.com.cn some time later.

URLS:
1. http://news.xinhuanet.com/society/2006-09/12/content_5079054.htm


Shishou government site (China) attacked - June 2009


DATE:
2009-06

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
China

AFFECTED SITES:
shishou.gov.cn

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Unavailable

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
n/a

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
"In June 2009, Shishou was rocked by violent protest after a man, Tu Yuangao, was found dead, supposedly due to suicide, outside the Yonglong hotel. The hotel is owned by a relative of Shishou's mayor.[1] Tu, 24, was the hotel's chef.[2] Fearing a cover up, Tu's family refused to accept that his death was a suicide, and guarded his body while awaiting investigation. When police tried to forcefully remove Tu's body, local residents joined Tu's family, blocking the hotel entrance from the police. On June 19 a large number of local residents guarded the hotel, fighting with the police, including armed police. Confrontations between the police and residents continued outside the hotel, and on June 20, the municipal government began cutting internet connections in Shishou. On June 21, the police managed to break through the crowd and took Tu's corpse to a crematorium, apparently without giving the family the investigation it had requested." (2)

During these events, the city's website was also attacked (difficult to tell what kind of attack from translation).

URLS:
1. http://tc.wangchao.net.cn/web/detail_8777.html
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shishou


Saturday, June 26, 2010

Charter97.org (Belarus) DDoSed - June 2010


DATE:
2010-06

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Belarus

AFFECTED SITES:
charter97.org

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Downtime

SOURCE COUNTRY:
Russia

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
"DDoS attacks against the popular independent website are conducted every time during outstanding political events in the country. Yesterday the web resource covered “the gas war” between Russia and Belarus. This news evoked great response of the visitors. We remind that the state propaganda covers the dispute with Russia one-sidedly, and Belarusians could find out the truth only on the web.

"It should be also noted that yesterday our website announced participation of the presidential candidate, the leader of 'European Belarus' civil campaign Andrei Sannikov, in the programs of Echo Moskvy and RTVI TV channel, dedicated to the topic “Situation in Belarus in the run-up to the presidential elections” We posted the audio recording of the program, and today the verbatim report of the program was to be placed on the website. After Andrei Sannikov announced on our website his intention to run for presidency, the news office of charter97.org was raided, searched, and computers were seized. And now a DDoS attack against the website is conducted." (1)

URLS:
1. http://charter97.org/en/news/2010/6/22/30016/


Love Sky (China) attacked - March 2009


DATE:
2009-03

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
China

AFFECTED SITES:
Love Sky

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Paralyzed

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS?

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Gay community website "Love Sky" (translated name, URL unknown) attacked. Homosexuality, a controversial subject, has been the target of many cyberattacks. Description refers to "hacked" and "attack" but seems like a DoS.

URLS:
1. http://gtob.sdnews.com.cn/www.sdnews.com.cn/news/2009/3/18/739062.html


Tao Ran Ju (China) defaced - March 2010


DATE:
2010-03

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
China

AFFECTED SITES:
Tao Ran Ju official site

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Defaced

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Hack, defacement

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Owner of restaurant chain Tao Ran Ju spoke out in favor of nationalizing cybercafes in China to combat Internet addiction. Website was hacked shortly thereafter.

URLS:
1. http://forum.globaltimes.cn/forum/showthread.php?p=29318
2. http://big5.cri.cn/gate/big5/bbs.cri.cn/showtopic.aspx?forumid=76&topicid=718463&go=next


Chinese Postal Union website defaced - April 2010


DATE:
2010-04

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
China, Taiwan

AFFECTED SITES:
cpwu.org.tw

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Defaced

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Hack, defacement

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Chunghwa Postal Worker's Union website hacked and defaced.

URLS:
1. http://dig.livpage.com/dig/4390.html


Shaolin Temple website hacked - November 2009


DATE:
2009-11

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
China

AFFECTED SITES:
shaolin.org.cn

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Defaced

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Hack, defacement

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
After much criticism of the Temple's abbot for commercialization, the official website of the Shaolin Temple was hacked and defaced with a fake letter of apology from the abbot.

URLS:
1. http://hackerthedude.blogspot.com/2009/11/hacker-attack-shaolin-temple-kung-fu.html
2. http://buddhism.about.com/b/2009/11/15/shaolin-temple-website-hacked.htm
3. http://www.bachinese.com/forum/simple/?t27529.html


President of Taiwan's website defaced - August 2009


DATE:
2009-08

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Taiwan

AFFECTED SITES:
president.gov.tw

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Defaced

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Defacement

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan's website defaced

URLS:
1. http://big5.cri.cn/gate/big5/gb.cri.cn/27824/2009/08/28/110s2605598.htm


Penguin News (Falkland Islands) defaced - February 2010


DATE:
2010-02

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Falkland Islands / UK

AFFECTED SITES:
penguin-news.com

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Defaced, hacked

SOURCE COUNTRY:
Argentina

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Hack, defacement

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Falkland Islands newspaper hacked. Still recovering months later. Argentinian hackers defaced the site with their coutnry's flag "after the Argentine government expressed outrage at a British oil exploration in the South Atlantic." (3) This is aprt of a long dispute between Argentina and the United Kingdom over whose territory the Falklands are. From around the same time: "In February 2010, the Argentine government announced that ships traversing Argentine territorial waters en route to the Falklands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands would require a permit, as part of a dispute over British oil exploration near the Falklands." (2)

URLS:
1. http://www.penguin-news.com/
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkland_Islands
3. http://www.nccgroup.com/media-room/latest-news/details/10-02-22/Argentines_hack_into_islands_paper.aspx?ReturnURL=%2Fmedia-room%2Flatest-news.aspx
4. http://www.takungpao.com/news/10/02/22/_IN-1218206.htm


Jinning County government website hacked - February 2009


DATE:
2009-02

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
China

AFFECTED SITES:
jinning.gov.cn

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Unreachable

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Hacked

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Yunnan Jinning County government website hacked, possibly defaced. Difficult to tell from the transalted website, but seems to have been in reaction to injuries someone sustained at the Kunming Jinning County Detention Center?

URLS:
1. http://tw.18dao.info/%E4%BA%91%E5%8D%97%E6%99%8B%E5%AE%81%E5%8E%BF%E6%94%BF%E5%BA%9C%E7%BD%91%E7%AB%99%E8%A2%AB%E9%BB%91


Whitehouse.gov DDoSed - May 2001


DATE:
2001-05

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
USA

AFFECTED SITES:
whitehouse.gov

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Unavailable for several hours

SOURCE COUNTRY:
China

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
n/a

URLS:
1. http://www.au.epochtimes.com/b5/1/5/4/n84659.htm


Friday, June 25, 2010

Tibetan dissident's blog hacked - June 2009?


DATE:
2009-06

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
China

AFFECTED SITES:
woeser.middle-way.net (and previous versions)

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Hacked

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Hack

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Tibetan dissident, writer and poet reports her blog has been hacked and shut down. Woeser.middle-way.net is her FIFTH blog. Unclear if the previous 4 were all hacked. Don't know when the hacking actually happened. 2009-06 was the date of publication.

URLS:
1. http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/02/chinas-new-rebels/


Burmese activist's blog hacked - June 2010


DATE:
2010-06

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Burma

AFFECTED SITES:
www.karenunited.co.cc

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
n/a

SOURCE COUNTRY:
Russia, South Korea

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
"Junta ally"

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Hack

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
The following day the blog owner's email was hacked from a South Korean IP.

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Burmese activist's blog hacked.

URLS:
1. http://democracyforburma.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/karenunited-blog-hacked-by-junta-dogs/


True Myanmar News hacked - April 2009


DATE:
2009-04

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Burma

AFFECTED SITES:
www.true-myanmarnews.co.cc

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Hacked, unavailable

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Hack

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Burmese activist's blog hacked, seemingly permanently removed.

URLS:
1. http://democracyforburma.wordpress.com/2009/04/25/help-needed-my-karen-friends-blog-has-been-hacked/


Monday, June 21, 2010

Mizzima (Burma) DDoSed - August 2009


DATE:
2009-08

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Burma

AFFECTED SITES:
mizzimaburmese.com

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
unavailable

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Attacked on the 21st anniversary of "8888, the day of the 'People's Uprising'". (1)

URLS:
1. http://www.mizzima.com/news/inside-burma/2599-fresh-attack-on-mizzima-website.html


4 Burmese news sites DDoSed - January 2009


DATE:
2009-01

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Burma

AFFECTED SITES:
peoplemediavoice.com and 3 others

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
n/a

SOURCE COUNTRY:
China, Russia, India?

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
"pro-military hackers who are currently studying in China and Russia" (1)

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
4 websites attacked around the same time as Ashin Mettacara's site (unclear if part of the same attack). Considering this a DDoS since (1) says they "were also hacked similar attack to the Ashin Mettacara," which WAS DDoS. The source countries seem like guesses.

URLS:
1. http://www.ashinmettacara.org/2009/01/burma-myanmar-sri-lanka-based-burmese.html


Burmese monk in exile's site DDoSed - January 2009


DATE:
2009-01

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Burma, Sri Lanka, China, Russia, India

AFFECTED SITES:
ashin-mettacara.com

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
n/a

SOURCE COUNTRY:
China, Russia, India?

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
"pro-military hackers who are currently studying in China and Russia" (2)

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Site of Burmese monk in exile Ashin Mettacara attacked twice in the span of a few days. Website in Sri Lanka. The source countries seem like guesses.

URLS:
1. http://www.ashinmettacara.org/2009/03/burma-sri-lanka-based-myanmar-media.html
2. http://www.ashinmettacara.org/2009/01/burma-myanmar-sri-lanka-based-burmese.html


Burmese monk in exile's site DDoSed - March 2009


DATE:
2009-03

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Burma, Sri Lanka

AFFECTED SITES:
ashin-mettacara.com

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
n/a

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Site of Burmese monk in exile Ashin Mettacara attacked twice in the span of a few days. Second wave of attacks on the site in 2009. Website in Sri Lanka.

URLS:
1. http://www.ashinmettacara.org/2009/03/burma-sri-lanka-based-myanmar-media.html


Sunday, June 20, 2010

Voice of Democracy (Vietnam) hacked - January 2006


DATE:
2006-01

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Vietnam

AFFECTED SITES:
ptdcvn.org

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
n/a

SOURCE COUNTRY:
Vietnam

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
hack

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
Site went offline, then when it came back up the articles were gone and a line of text below the title said "This is the Web page of liars." (1)

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
"Less than a month after its launch on International Human Rights Day, a Vietnamese pro-democracy Web site has been forced to close following an apparent hacker attack." (1) Site is the "Voice of Democracy."

URLS:
1. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/vietnam_website-20060103.html?searchterm=None


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Photayokeking.org (Burma) DDoSed - June 2010


DATE:
2010-06

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Burma, USA

AFFECTED SITES:
photayokeking.org

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Downtime, forced change of hosts

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
State Peace and Development Council (SPDC)

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Popular Burmese Web site founded to provide 'real information' about the Burmese military, edited by a Burmese army deserter, was attacked twice in a span of two weeks. This is the second attack. The SPDC, the alleged attacker, is Burma's ruling junta. "'We know the SPDC attacked our Web site. They are afraid of us because we get the secret information from our close contacts inside the [Burmese armed forces].'" (1) Server was in USA. After this attack the site was forced to relocate to photayokeking.blogspot.com, having been dropped by its ISP.

URLS:
1. http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18759


Photayokeking.org (Burma) DDoSed - May 2010


DATE:
2010-05

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Burma, USA

AFFECTED SITES:
photayokeking.org

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Downtime

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
State Peace and Development Council (SPDC)

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Popular Burmese Web site founded to provide 'real information' about the Burmese military, edited by a Burmese army deserter, was attacked twice in a span of two weeks. This is the first attack, which occurred the same day that the SPDC held a press conference in Naypyidaw accusing Maj Aung Lynn Htut (former senior intelligence officer) of stealing when he defected to the USA. The SPDC, the alleged attacker, is Burma's ruling junta. "'We know the SPDC attacked our Web site. They are afraid of us because we get the secret information from our close contacts inside the [Burmese armed forces].'" (1) Server was in USA.

URLS:
1. http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18759


The Irrawaddy (Burma) hit by virus - September 2007


DATE:
2007-09

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Burma

AFFECTED SITES:
irrawaddy.org

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
n/a

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
Burmese government

TYPE OF ATTACK:
virus

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
"A Trojan virus infected the site at the height of monk-led protests against military rule in Burma. … The Irrawaddy Web site reported extensively on the demonstrations and posted numerous images and videos provided by so-called 'citizen journalists' inside the country." (1)

URLS:
1. http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14294


Malaysian judiciary website defaced - January 2010


DATE:
2010-01

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Malaysia

AFFECTED SITES:
mahkamah.gov.my

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
defaced

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
"Brainwash"

TYPE OF ATTACK:
defacement

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Malaysian Judiciary's website hacked and defaced, replaced with a threat related to a Malaysian Catholic paper's use of the word "Allah."

URLS:
1. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2010/1/7/nation/20100107224956&sec=nation
2. http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=17543


2 Burmese community forums attacked - August 2008


DATE:
2008-08

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Burma

AFFECTED SITES:
mysteryzillion.org, planet.com.mm

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Disabled

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
Burmese government

TYPE OF ATTACK:
n/a

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Two community forums that provide information and instruction on how to circumvent the regime's control were disabled and shut down by cyberattacks.

URLS:
1. http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=14399


Mizzima (Burma) hacked - October 2008


DATE:
2008-10

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Burma

AFFECTED SITES:
mizzima.com

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Inaccessible

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
Pro-regime hackers

TYPE OF ATTACK:
hack

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
"The website of exiled Burmese news agency Mizzima came under attack by pro-regime hackers … [8 days later], the Mizzima website was again made inaccessible due to several hacking attempts." (1)

URLS:
1. http://www.altsean.org/Docs/PDF%20Format/Burma%20Bulletin/October%202008%20Burma%20Bulletin.pdf


Friday, June 18, 2010

2 Burmese news sites DDoSed - September 2008


DATE:
2008-09

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Burma, Norway, Thailand

AFFECTED SITES:
dvb.no, khitpyaing.org

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Inaccessible for days

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Attacks on the Democratic Voice of Burma and the New Era Journal nearly coincided with an attack on the Irrawaddy (already listed here separately). DVB's server is located in Norway and the New Era Journal's in Bangkok.

URLS:
1. http://www.abitsu.org/?p=2502


World Azerbaijani Congress website hacked - June 2010


DATE:
2010-06

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Azerbaijan

AFFECTED SITES:
World Azerbaijani Congress

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
hacked/defaced

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
Young Soldiers of GAMOH, Azerbaijani rights activists

TYPE OF ATTACK:
hack, defacement

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
"Hackers accuse the World Azerbaijani Congress, an organization that aims to bring together Azerbaijanis around the world, of abandoning the Azerbaijani national movement in Iran." (1)

"GAMOH being the acronym of the Southern Azerbaijan National Awakening Movement." (1)

The message criticizes the leaders of the Green opposition movement in Iran for 'retreating' and says that attempts by the leadership of the World Azerbaijani Congress to move closer to the Green movement are a 'betrayal'." (1)

URLS:
1. http://www.news.az/articles/17430


Chinese human rights sites DDoSed - June 2010


DATE:
2010-06

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
China

AFFECTED SITES:
msguancha.com, Rights Network of China, Democracy China, and maybe others

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Freezing and crashing over multiple days

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
Chinese government

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
Attack lasted "for three or four days"

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Several Chinese human rights sites attacked again. One activist "speculated that the authorities might be reacting to material relating to the 21st anniversary of the June 4 military crackdown on pro-democracy demonstration, or anticipating the second anniversary of ethnic violence in Urumqi on July 5." (1)

URLS:
1. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/sites-06152010102452.html


China Human Rights Defenders DDoSed - June 2010


DATE:
2010-06

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
China

AFFECTED SITES:
crd-net.org

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Inaccessible

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
Attacked sustained for moret han 4 days

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
China Human Rights Defenders Chinese-language site DDoSed again.

URLS:
1. http://chrdnet.org/2010/06/15/china-human-rights-briefing-weekly-june-8-14-2010/


Sunday, June 13, 2010

3 Republican websites DDoSed - May 2010


DATE:
2010-05

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
USA

AFFECTED SITES:
billoreilly.com, anncoulter.com, joinrudy2008.com

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Downtime

SOURCE COUNTRY:
USA

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
Mitchell Frost

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Former University of Akron (Ohio) student used school computers to create a botnet and attack 3 Republican websites. 2010-05 is when the report of the student's indictment came out. The actual attacks occurred sometime in the past.

URLS:
1. http://www.scmagazineus.com/man-charged-with-attacking-oreilly-coulter-websites/article/170524/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SCMagazineHome+%28SC+Magazine%29


2 South Korean government sites DDoSed - June 2010


DATE:
2010-06

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
South Korea

AFFECTED SITES:
moj.go.kr, kois.go.kr

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
"No major damage" (1)

SOURCE COUNTRY:
China

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
Attacks came from 247 China-based servers

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
2 South Korean government sites DDoSed: the Ministry of Justice and the Korea Culture and Information Service. No apparent damage.

URLS:
1. http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/techscience/2010/06/12/73/0601000000AEN20100612002100315F.HTML


Saturday, June 12, 2010

Iranian protest-rapper's site attacked - April 2010


DATE:
2010-04

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Iran

AFFECTED SITES:
sharrmusic.org

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Crashed, defaced

SOURCE COUNTRY:
Iran

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
"the cyber army"

TYPE OF ATTACK:
n/a

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
"Site of Iranian rapper-protester Shahin Najafi taken down. ""In April, a shadowy pro-government group that calls itself 'the cyber army' shut down Mr. Najafi's Web site. The group, which hacked Iranian Twitter in December, left a message saying the site had been 'conquered by anonymous soldiers of Imam Zaman,' a reference to the Shiite messiah"" (1)."

URLS:
1. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/06/world/middleeast/06iranmusic.html


Jerusalem Post under attack - June 2010


DATE:
2010-06

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Israel

AFFECTED SITES:
jpost.com

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
n/a

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Hacks, etc.

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Many attempts were made to attack the site in the time following the Ashdod flotilla incident. Many thousands of abusive and spam emails were received, attempts were made to hack a firewall, and it seems several other forms of attacks were levied.

URLS:
1. http://breakingnews.gaeatimes.com/2010/06/01/hackers-attempt-to-crash-jerusalem-post-website-31396/


Several Vietnamese sites DDoSed - May 2010


DATE:
2010-05

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Vietnam

AFFECTED SITES:
danchimviet.com, dangvidan.org, dcctvn.net, hasiphu.com, minbien.org, ykien.net, vietbaosaigon.com

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
n/a

SOURCE COUNTRY:
Vietnam

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
Vietnamese government

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Sites listed by Human Rights Watch as those subjected to ongoing cyber attacks in Vietnam. Exact dates of attacks not given; 2010-05 is when the report was released. Others listed were elsewhere reported to have been attacked in 2009-12 and 2010-01.

URLS:
1. http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/05/26/vietnam-stop-cyber-attacks-against-online-critics


Vietnamese Catholic site DDoSed - May 2010


DATE:
2010-05

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Vietnam

AFFECTED SITES:
dcctvn.net

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
n/a

SOURCE COUNTRY:
Vietnam

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
Vietnamese government

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Catholic website is one that Human Rights Watch cites as one attacked many times. Attackers traced back to Viettel, a state-owned telecommunication company operated by the Vietnam Defense Ministry. Several Catholics had been criticizing government confiscation of church properties. Exact dates of attacks not given; 2010-05 is when the report was released.

URLS:
1. http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/05/26/vietnam-stop-cyber-attacks-against-online-critics


Vietnamese political site DDoSed - May 2010


DATE:
2010-05

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Vietnam

AFFECTED SITES:
thongluan.org

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
n/a

SOURCE COUNTRY:
Vietnam

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
Vietnamese government

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Political commentary website is one that Human Rights Watch cites as one attacked many times. Attackers traced back to Viettel, a state-owned telecommunication company operated by the Vietnam Defense Ministry. Exact dates of attacks not given; 2010-05 is when the report was released.

URLS:
1. http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/05/26/vietnam-stop-cyber-attacks-against-online-critics


3 Vietnamese blogs hacked - February 2010


DATE:
2010-02

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Vietnam

AFFECTED SITES:
blogosin.org, danchimviet.com, minhbien.org

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Hacked and crashed

SOURCE COUNTRY:
Vietnam

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
Vietnamese government

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Hack

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
"Tran Khai Thanh Thuy, a writer and member of the editorial board of To Quoc, is sentenced to three and a half years in prison. The day of her trial, three popular blogs - Blog Osin (blogosin.org), Đan Chim Viet (danchimviet.com), and Minh Bien (www.minhbien.org) - crash after being hacked. In addition, the email accounts of Pham Thi Hoai, editor in chief of Talawas blog, and a blogger-journalist, Huy Duc (Osin), are hacked." (1)

URLS:
1. http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/05/26/vietnam-stop-cyber-attacks-against-online-critics


South Korea government site DDoSed - June 2010


DATE:
2010-06

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
South Korea

AFFECTED SITES:
korea.go.kr

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Delays and downtime over 4+ hours

SOURCE COUNTRY:
China

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
Attack came from 120 China-based servers

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
South Korean government site "which provides civil services and information on government policies, suffered access delays and failures for nearly four hours…" (1).

URLS:
1. http://loatay.com/s-korean-govt-website-hit-by-cyber-attack-ministry/
2. http://news.hostexploit.com/cyberwar-news/3970-skorean-government-website-hit-by-cyber-attacks.html


Friday, June 11, 2010

American, Egyptian, and Israeli sites attacked - June 2010


DATE:
2010-06

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Israel, Egypt, USA

AFFECTED SITES:
Pizza Hut, Egyptian governmental websites, and 50 Israeli websites including www.microsoft.co.il, hotmail.co.il, live.co.il, blogs.microsoft.co.il, coca-cola.co.il, www.coca-cola.co.il, travian.co.il, and www.bebo.co.il

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Defacement, downtime

SOURCE COUNTRY:
Turkey, others?

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Defacement, DDoS?

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Multiple attacks protesting the Ashdod flotilla incident. The majority targeted domains ending in .co.il, with other victims (like Pizza Hut) probably determined by opportunity and visibility. Defacements included words against Israel, promoting Palestine.

URLS:
1. http://arabcrunch.com/2010/06/breaking-microsoft-sites-including-bing-and-hotmail-in-%E2%80%9Cisrael%E2%80%9D-temporally-hacked-cocacola-is-down.html
2. http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/ohad/archive/2010/06/10/some-of-the-microsoft-sites-in-israel-were-dns-hacked-today.aspx


New Democrat News (Liberia) hacked - May 2010


DATE:
2010-05

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Liberia

AFFECTED SITES:
newdemocratnews.com

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Defaced

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Hack/defacement

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Liberian news site critical of corruption in government hacked into and defaced with a photograph and the message "Can you feel it, your rage feeds our power." (1) This is not the first time it's been hacked.

URLS:
1. http://www.ifex.org/liberia/2010/05/26/new_democrat_hacked/


Jewish Chronicle DDoSed - June 2010


DATE:
2010-06

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
UK, Israel

AFFECTED SITES:
thejc.com

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Downtime

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
"Massive" attack

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Jewish Chronicle DDoSed. "Following the Gaza flotilla incident on Monday, a column in the Spectator claimed that the website of the paper was down following "a massive denial-of-service, apparently to shut down its balanced coverage of the Ashdod flotilla incident" (1).

URLS:
1. http://www.securecomputing.net.au/News/213826,jewish-chronicle-hit-by-ddos-attack-following-gaza-flotilla-incident.aspx
2. http://www.spectator.co.uk/melaniephillips/6044639/peace-convoy-this-was-an-islamist-terror-ambush.thtml


Humanitarian Aid Foundation DDoSed - June 2010


DATE:
2010-06

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Turkey, Israel

AFFECTED SITES:
ihh.org.tr

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Site down for some days

SOURCE COUNTRY:
Israel?

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
"The online home of the Humanitarian Aid Foundation (IHH), one of the organizers of a convoy of six aid vessels bound for the Gaza Strip, was hit by a denial-of-service (DoS) attack moments before the Israel military brutally attacked the convoy in international waters -- killing at least nine peace activists" (1).

URLS:
1. http://www.todayszaman.com/tz-web/news-211989-ihh-website-downed-before-israeli-attack-on-aid-convoy.html


Russian journalist's LJ and FB accounts hacked - May 2010


DATE:
2010-05

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
USA, Russia

AFFECTED SITES:
livejournal.com, facebook.com

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Accounts hacked

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
"Brigade of Hell"

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Hack

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
LiveJournal and FaceBook accounts of Russian journalist Andrei (Igor?) Maltsev were hacked.

URLS:
1. http://globalvoicesonline.org/2010/05/31/russia-journalists-blog-hacked/
2. http://lj.rossia.org/users/anticompromat/847714.html


Russian blogger Maxim Sviridenkov's website hacked - May 2010


DATE:
2010-05

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Russia

AFFECTED SITES:
sviridenkov.com

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Defaced, content deleted

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Hack/defacement

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
A top Russian blogger, Maxim Sviridenkov, had his website hacked. Content was deleted and the site was defaced.

URLS:
1. http://globalvoicesonline.org/2010/05/26/russia-another-top-blogger-hacked/


Russian blogger's LiveJournal hacked - March 2010


DATE:
2010-03

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
USA, Russia

AFFECTED SITES:
livejournal.com

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Account hacked

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
"Brigade of Hell"

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Hack

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
LiveJournal account of Igor Bigdanov, a top Russian blogger, was hacked.

URLS:
1. http://globalvoicesonline.org/2010/03/26/russia-top-bloggers-account-hacked/
2. http://ibigdan.livejournal.com/6295474.html


Novaya Gazeta DDoSed - May 2010


DATE:
2010-05

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Russia

AFFECTED SITES:
novayagazeta.ru

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Down for a week

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
"Evidently ist was not amateurs…" (1)

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
High-profile Russian independent paper, often critical of the Kremlin, victim of sustained attack for the second time in 2010. ***NOTE: This report looks very similar to the attack on the site a few months ago, so may just but late reporting.

URLS:
1. http://politics.remedy.org.ua/560165eb/


KaganWatch.com attacked - May 2010


DATE:
2010-05

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
USA

AFFECTED SITES:
kaganwatch.com

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Down for more than 24 hours. Site had to be "reinstalled."

SOURCE COUNTRY:
n/a

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
n/a

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Site is meant to scrutinize Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Report of a hacking attempt. Unclear if the hack caused downtime or if that was a separate attack.

URLS:
1. http://kaganwatch.com/2010/05/11/blog-news-our-site-was-hacked/


Several French Embassies defaced - December 2008


DATE:
2008-12

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
US, UK, France, China, Canada

AFFECTED SITES:
ambafrance-us.org, ambafrance-uk.org, ambafrance-cn.org, ambafrance-ca.org

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Defaced

SOURCE COUNTRY:
China

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
n/a

TYPE OF ATTACK:
Defacement

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
n/a

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Multiple French Embassies around the world defaced to protest President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit with the Dalai Lama.

URLS:
1. http://www.thedarkvisitor.com/2008/12/chinese-hackers-targeting-french-embassy-websites-around-the-world/


Sunday, June 6, 2010

64 for Aung San Suu Kyi website DDoSed - June 2009


DATE:
2009-06

AFFECTED COUNTRIES:
Burma

AFFECTED SITES:
64forSuu.org

EFFECT OF ATTACKS:
Down for 20 minutes

SOURCE COUNTRY:
Burma

ALLEGED ATTACKERS:
Burmese government

TYPE OF ATTACK:
DDoS

ATTACK SPECIFICS:
"Indirect." (1)

EVENT DESCRIPTION:
Site "which features messages of support for Burma's democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on her 64th birthday, faced a cyberattack…" (1)

URLS:
1. http://64forsuu.blogspot.com/2009/06/cyberattack-on-64forsuuorg.html


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