Anarchy Day 10: Russian Hackers Attack/Shut Down U.S. Websites

Posted: May 10, 2012 in Anarchists & Communists

May 10, 2012, 1:07 am By JENNIFER PRESTON

Hackers shut down a United States online video company on Wednesday that was being used by Russian activists to stream live video of protests in Moscow, prompting the company’s leaders to launch a Russian-language version of the site.

Brad Hunstable, chief executive and co-founder of the company uStream, said that the online platform was down for nine hours. He said it was the third highly coordinated attack from Russia in six months. He noted that each attack took place at the same time Russian activists were using the platform to stream live video of protests in Moscow and other cities.

He said the attack began on Wednesday at 5:30 a.m. Eastern time, targeting a channel operated by a Russian citizen journalist filming the protests. Known as a distributed denial of service attack, or DDoS, it involved thousands of IP addresses coming primarily from Russia, Kazakhstan and Iran that flooded the site,  Mr. Hunstable said, crippling the company’s data centers all over the world. “The scale of this thing was absolutely incredible,” said Mr. Hunstable, who started the company in 2007 with a fellow West Point graduate to help troops stationed overseas to communicate more easily with family members.  “It was the most complex cyberattack that we have ever seen. This is much more than one cyberattack and one protest. This is fundamental to preserving freedom of speech and assembly on the Internet.”

Mr. Hunstable said to help make sure that more people in Russia could use uStream once service was restored, his team translated into Russian instructions and other information about the site and launched it on Wednesday as soon as service was restored. They also put Russia on the site’s homepage.


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