Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

No on 8 site back up after cyber attack

The No on 8 Web site is back up after being hit by a “distributed denial of service attack” that took down the site for several hours last night (Wednesday, October 29). The campaign said the assault originated not just in-state, but also in Texas, New Jersey, and Georgia.

The campaign over Proposition 8, which would eliminate same-sex marriage in California, has grown increasingly heated as Election Day nears.

The attack started late Wednesday afternoon when the Web team was alerted by higher-than-normal traffic, which escalated over the next several hours, slowing the system. By 10 p.m., a small team of engineers concluded that the site was under a full cyber attack, the campaign said.

The No on 8 campaign has reported the attack to the FBI and the Secret Service, which has jurisdiction over such attacks to prevent breaks in the national financial networks.

“I’m sure we’ll hear a lot of denials today from the Prop 8 campaign, but this is clearly an orchestrated attempt to tear down what has become one of the largest grassroots movements in California electoral history,” Patrick Guerriero, NO on 8 campaign director, said in a statement. “We have reported this to the FBI and other federal authorities and we have secured our site in ways we never thought would be necessary. But make no mistake – this was an attack against individual rights, not just a Web site.”

Chip White, press secretary for Yes on 8, was not able to provide comment immediately.

White later sent an e-mail, “We had nothing to do with it. Our website has suffered from high traffic a number of times.”

The No on 8 campaign said that according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, by targeting a computer and its network connection, or the computers and network of the sites, a distributed denial of service attack may prevent legitimate users from accessing e-mail, Web sites, online accounts, or other services that rely on the affected computer. The most common type of attack occurs when an attacker floods a network with information.

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– Seth Hemmelgarn

— Cynthia Laird, October 30, 2008 @ 11:45 am PST
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