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[ISN] BNP DDoS 'mega-assault' not actually mega in the least

From: InfoSec News (alertsinfosecnews.org)
Date: Fri May 29 2009 - 04:29:58 CDT


By John Leyden
The Register
27th May 2009

A supposedly massive denial of service attack against the British
National Party website has been exposed as a gross exaggeration.

The assault, which began on Friday, was described by the party in an
email appeal for funds as the "largest cyber attack in recorded history"
and comparable only to a 2001 assault against Microsoft*. Nick Griffin,
leader of the controversial far-right political party, asked the party's
supporters to stump up the £5,000 urgently needed to purchase hardware
and servers supposedly needed to keep the site up and running.

Griffin's email appeal claims that the assault came from "eastern Europe
and Russia" and that Clear Channel, a firm supplying Euro election
billboard advertising services to the BNP, is also under attack and
contemplating legal action.

However, Clear Channel, after checking with its US-based techies, said
that it was not under any kind of cyber-attack, much less on the phone
to its lawyers.


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