Ron Paul’s website attacked during fundraising drive

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A fundraising drive by Ron Paul was disrupted this weekend by an internet attack against his website.

Texas Congressman Paul, who hopes to win the Republican party’s nomination for the United States 2012 presidential election, timed his so-called “money bomb” to coincide with his 76th birthday.

However, a statement on Ron Paul’s Facebook page said that the website was under “cyber attack”, and that as a result people had not been able to make donations to the campaign’s war chest.

The RonPaul2012.com website is under cyber attack. Our team is working to fix this as we speak. So sorry to all who have tried to make donations and could not. We’ll have more info ASAP.

There’s not much information available regarding the nature of the “cyber attack”, but it’s natural to assume that the website was targeted by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, which flooded the site with unwanted internet traffic making it difficult (if not…

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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.

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