Dominican Republic election office DDoSed

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Attackers switched to Layer 7.

Multiple distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) were targeted at the Dominican Republic during its election earlier this month.

The attacks were aimed at the nation’s Junta Central Electoral agency mitigated during the May 20 general election.

DDoS attacks often were launched from infected computers controlled in botnets to typically flood a target system junk traffic, overwhelming it.

Unknown attackers targeted the agency's virtual IPs, and launched application layer (7) attacks.

Both attacks were blocked using the network provider Prolexic.

“Politically motivated DDoS attacks are increasingly common and are often timed to coincide with high profile events such as elections or executed in response to specific government actions,” Prolexic president Stuart Scholly said.

 

Copyright © SC Magazine, Australia


Dominican Republic election office DDoSed
Tags
 
 
 
Top Stories
Westpac committed to core banking plan
[Blog post] Now with leadership.
 
The True Cost of BYOD - 2014 survey
Twelve months on from our first study, is BYOD a better proposition?
 
Photos: Unboxing the Magnus supercomputer
Pawsey's biggest beast slots into place.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
What is delaying adoption of public cloud in your organisation?







   |   View results
Lock-in concerns
  30%
 
Application integration concerns
  3%
 
Security and compliance concerns
  27%
 
Unreliable network infrastructure
  9%
 
Data sovereignty concerns
  22%
 
Lack of stakeholder support
  3%
 
Protecting on-premise IT jobs
  4%
 
Difficulty transitioning CapEx budget into OpEx
  3%
TOTAL VOTES: 1171

Vote