Gawker blog network suffers denial-of-service attack

Graham Cluley
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Popular celebrity and media-watching blog website Gawker.com struggled to remain on the internet earlier this week as it found itself the victim of unwanted attention from hackers.

Gawker revealed in a blog post that its network of blogs had sufferered a denial-of-service attack that flooded company servers with traffic, making it near impossible for legitimate users to browse their sites.

Gawker’s CTO, Thomas Plunkett, told the New York Times that the attack was aimed at Consumerist.com, a site hosted by Gawker, but that other parts of the Gawker online empire had also suffered under the barrage.

Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are often used by hackers who have a vendetta against a particular organisation,…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.