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[liberationtech] Berkman releases report on DDoS attacks on independent media and human rights sites

Jillian C. York jilliancyork at
Mon Dec 20 10:00:23 PST 2010

Hi all,

I wanted to share with you all a new and timely paper from the Berkman
Center on DDoS attacks against independent media and human rights sites,
freely downloadable here:<%20>


Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is an increasingly common Internet
phenomenon capable of silencing Internet speech, usually for a brief
interval but occasionally for longer. In this paper, we explore the specific
phenomenon of DDoS attacks on independent media and human rights
organizations, seeking to understand the nature and frequency of these
attacks, their efficacy, and the responses available to sites under attack.
Our report offers advice to independent media and human rights sites likely
to be targeted by DDoS but comes to the uncomfortable conclusion that there
is no easy solution to these attacks for many of these sites, particularly
for attacks that exhaust network bandwidth.

Jillian York

Berkman Center for Internet and Society | | @jilliancyork | tel: +1-857-891-4244
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