Text of report by Belarusian human rights group Charter-97 web site on 11 February
A massive distributed denial-of-service attack, which the www.charter97.org web site [run by the Charter-97 human rights group] experienced recently, has resumed again. Yesterday morning at about 0700 Minsk time [0500 gmt], the host company providing services to the Charter-97 web site released a notification saying that 980,000 requests addressed to the web site from various IP addresses across the world were registered. The company had to stop provision of services to the web site. Users could not access the web site for two days.
The first wave of the attack began on 20 January after the web site had published a report about Belarusian child porn traders.
Minsk`s Frunzenski district penal commission ruled on Wednesday [11 February] that [opposition activist] Aksana Novikava, who received a two-year suspended prison sentence and two year`s probation last April for distributing anti-Lukashenka leaflets [Alyaksandr Lukashenka is the president of Belarus], is eligible for the amnesty declared recently by the government.
On 17 January, Ms Novikava was scheduled to stand trial for alleged failure to comply with probation rules, which could result in her being sent to jail, but a district judge postponed the hearing pending a decision by the penal commission.