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[ISN] White House site crippled by DoS attack
From: InfoSec News (isnc4i.org)
Date: Sat May 26 2001 - 06:20:29 CDT
By CNET News.com Staff
May 25, 2001, 9:40 a.m. PT
The White House Web site has been hit by its third denial of service
attack this month, rendering the site inaccessible for more than six
hours on Tuesday.
The hacker attempt on the whitehouse.gov domain, which crashed the
site, lasted from 11 a.m. until after 5 p.m. PDT Tuesday. The White
House confirmed that the barrage of page requests created through the
attack was "heavy enough to block most legitimate users."
On May 4, the White House.gov site was down for more than three hours
due to a similar attack, purported to be linked to a string of Web
site hacks and defacements organized by Chinese and pro-Chinese
Internet vandals during the first week of May.
The Hackers Union of China admitted responsibility for numerous
attacks on U.S. government and commercial sites at the start of May.
It has not been confirmed whether the same group was behind Tuesday's
Staff writer Wendy McAuliffe reported from London.
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