DDoS: how a tool built by web activists became the ultimate weapon for online oppression

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The most important denial-of-service attack in 2012 didn’t make headlines; if you weren’t following Russian politics, you probably missed it altogether. It happened in October, when the opposition council held an online vote, building steam towards a long-awaited stable anti-Putin consensus. But when zero-hour came, there was nowhere to vote. The website was locked up, buried under 4,000 requests a second, first from a LOIC1 attack and then from a more sophisticated botnet-based assault. Like any DDoS attack, the goal was a brute force takedown, overwhelming the site with requests until it shut down completely. 4,000 pings per second is a soft touch, as these attacks go, but it was enough to stymie voting for 36 hours. By the time the…

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