The website Charter’97 is under a DDoS attack. It was launched at 9:30 a.m. (Minsk time) and continues now.
The technical service has managed to minimize the consequences of the attack, but the site may remain unavailable for some users. According to preliminary information a botnet including thousands of IP addresses was used in the DDoS attack.
Aims of a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack) are not illegal penetrating the protected computer system to steal or destroy information, but paralyzing functioning of an attacks web-recourse. A network of compromised computers (bots) is often used in DDoS attacks.
DDoS attacks against charter97.org have been organized very often in the last months. Earlier, attacks were carried out during opposition demonstrations and elections, when people can take to streets in protest against rigging elections results. Now, the websites suffers from attacks several times a month. The latest DDoS attack was carried out in December 2009, after the text of the Draft Law on Measures for Revising Use of the National Segment of the World Wide Web had appeared on the Internet had appeared on the Internet. The scandalous document says about blocking uncomfortable for the authorities websites, identification of Internet users, bringing those who spread information to responsibility, state registration of the Internet media.