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[liberationtech] Avaaz, is this for real?

Steve Weis steveweis at
Fri May 4 10:00:22 PDT 2012

Hello Andrew. Your article asserts that this attack is happening as fact,
yet you say that Avaaz did not provide any additional information. Which
sources and evidence did you base your article on besides Avaaz's own press

Claims of a "massive attack" are easy to confirm. Avaaz should be able to
provide detailed logs of the attack, which can be verified by an
independent security professional and corroborated by their hosting

If this does turn out to be a targeted denial of service attack,
that certainly doesn't take real expertise or significant resources -- it's
cheap to rent a botnet. It's a big leap to claim that a state actor or
large corporation must be behind it.

On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 9:18 AM, Andrew Couts <andrew_couts at> wrote:

> Hi - I'm the author of that Digital Trends article. I have repeatedly
> asked Avaaz for more information about the attack, and they have either
> said "We'll know more soon," or completely ignored me. I believe there is
> simply not enough information available yet to make accusations of fraud in
> the press. But I am doing my best to get answers about exactly this. I'll
> send out an update if they respond.
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