The Islamists’ War on the Internet
Michelle Malkin discloses that she was subject to a denial of service attack last week over her publication of the Danish Mohammad cartoons. I was aware of this because we use the same technical advisor and there was initially concern that problems that kept OTB down for most of a Saturday were related (they weren’t). This is apparently an ongoing concern:
Last night, my hosting service notified me that it is receiving ongoing threats from individuals vowing to take down this site–and others along with it–which will presumably continue until I take down the cartoons. For now, we are on guard and continuing with business as usual.
Andrew Cochran sees something more sinister than an angry crank afoot:
This escalation in the cyberwar is an intentional attack to deny our Constitutional right to free speech and expression, and it warrants a response by the entire tech and internet community and the federal government. Moreover, such a blatant attempt to take down a highly visible and influential voice in the fight against terrorism could not have been undertaken by amateurs. I wonder if a terrorist group with internet expertise has started to target her and other allies.
A possibility, I suppose. My technical knowledge is exceedingly limited. My guess is the ability to launch a denial of service attack is well within the grasp of a reasonably competent amateur hacker, though.
Regardless, he’s absolutely right to dub this “cyberwar” and to call for a strong response by the government and tech community to protect free speech.
See the twelve cartoons that sparked the protests in full size at my Danish Muslim Cartoons page.
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