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Cyber Disenfranchisement Update

John on August 10, 2006 at 11:06 pm

My original post detailing the events of Monday as they happened is here. Today the AP gives a bit more information on the Lieberman website fiasco:

The site, Joe2006.com, appeared to have suffered from a so-called “denial of service” attack, in which computers overwhelm a site with fake traffic so real visitors can’t get through, said Richard M. Smith, an Internet security consultant in Brookline, Mass.

And contrary to what Kos was saying on Monday, Lieberman was not spending $15 a month for his service and he did not have a 10 Gig per month bandwidth limit:

The campaign spends about $100 to $150 a month on Web hosting services with MyHostCamp, said Dan Geary, who administers the site for the campaign. Geary said that MyHostCamp, which is owned by a friend of Geary’s, gave the site more than enough bandwidth _ 200 gigabytes a month _ to handle a crush of visitors.

He said an analysis of the server suggested an attack that focused on specific components of the Web site such as internal files and e-mail.

Finally, the attack is being thouroughly investigated:

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said the state is investigating, along with the FBI.

“The state has computer forensic expects, both in the state police and elsewhere,” he said. “We have some expertise and federal authorities have very impressive resources. I am very optimistic that ultimately any wrongdoer will be apprehended.”

Prediction: The party responsible will not be a Lieberman supporter or part of a conspiracy to make Ned Lamont look bad.

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