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Web attacks plague rights sites

December 25, 2010 Leave a comment

22 December 2010 last updated at 09: 41 pm Burmese protesters, AFP/Getty many protest groups are from Web attacks that effectively, haunted says silence human rights research groups and activists are started by huge web attacks by their views, finds research opponents hit hard.

Many Web-based campaign groups knocked offline for weeks by the attacks is who found it.

The researchers expect to increase the pace of attacks such as the tools and techniques be disseminated.

It calls to avoid human rights groups and independent media groups beef up your body’s defences victims.

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Research where tried Berkman Center for Internet and society at Harvard University, a feeling how often human rights groups receive the and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks is known defeated independent media organizations through what.

DDoS attacks try to a Web site offline tap of overwhelming it with data.

In the 12 months between August 2009 and September 2010, the research found references to 140 attacks against more than 280 different websites. The report confirms that these were probably the most high-profile attacks and that more likely unreported went many.

“These attacks do seem to be increasing,” said Ethan Zuckerman, one of the authors of the report.

While some attacks were triggered by certain events such as elections, others had no obvious cause, he said.

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Deputy executive editor Sergey Sokolov is unsure, who his site but suspect attacked government-funded Kremlin youth organisations.

The report notes that DDoS is used increasingly as a political tool and as a form of protest.

Recruit attacks of participants in so-called voluntary DDoS are popular prove.

The report gives the example of the organization ‘ help Israel win a software package or Patriot DDos, on their computers so that the machine could be used would invited to install individuals recently attacks which editors are in Palestinian objectives.

The most recent example of a voluntary DDoS comes by anonymous, a loose-knit group of activists who uses the method to launch attacks on the websites of the companies it perceived anti Wikileaks.

DDoS attacks take small groups of media could and difficult because the organizations have such limited resources, Mr Zuckerman said activists.

“If you are a human rights organization or independent media organization you may £ 20 per month include an account you paying for and its very difficult use at this level of hosting to DDoS prevent,” he told the BBC.

The attacks have not renewed he said will cause real problems for small campaigning groups.

“You have just it do long enough to annoy your ISP and you will kick-off and then at another place host, you will find”, said Mr Zuckerman. Simple tools

The work of some groups appears only on the Web, said Mr Zuckerman, so offline effectively tapping the activists to silence. It takes a long time for some finding a new host, content and build a Web site again.

He said: “We see sites that are not for two or three weeks back online.”

The report also found that DDoS attacks are often the most visible part of a much larger attack on a site or group.

“It is a very good chance if you experience DDoS filter you get targeted E-mail to your system or your passwords to snatch sent,” he said.

Mr Zuckerman said some report logged hundreds or thousands of PCs in a botnet DDoS attacks used – networks of hijacked computers – but others had just as big an effect with far fewer resources.

“There are certain attacks that seem to work if you have only one or two machines,” he said.

What can cause problems in the future he suggested would be easy to use tools such as the employees of anonymous activists support the Wikileaks.

“It seems like DDoS has become easier for more people to engage in,” he said. “The threats to do seem to be increasing.”

In response he said rights required groups work too hard to understand the threats and preparation in the event that you have been taken.

“This community needs to much smarter to get much much kenntnisreicher”, he said.

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