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Campaign Websites Against Marriage Bans Suffer Cyber Attacks

Jim Burroway

October 30th, 2008

No on Prop 8 in California and Red and Blue in Florida both report that they have experienced coordinated denial-of-service attacks on their web sites in an apparent attempt at disrupting their online fundraising activities.

California’s No on Prop 8’s website began experiencing a denial-of-service attack on Wednesday afternoon, and eventually brought the site down by Wednesday evening. The attack began just after No on Prop 8 issued a fundraising appeal ahead of the final push this weekend. Technicians for No on Prop 8 implemented hardware and software upgrades and were able to bring the website back online by Thursday morning.

According to Wired:

Geoff Kors, a spokesman for No on Prop 8, declined to speculate on who was behind the attack but had no kind words for the Yes on Prop 8 group.

“I haven’t seen the other side condemn the attack, which speaks volumes about the kind of campaign they have run and who they are as people,” Kors said.

The Secret Service is investigating.

The attack on Florida’s Red and Blue campaign against amendment 2 came on Thursday morning, which is a a particularly sensitive time because state law requires that fundraising end in that state at midnight Thursday. From the Florida Red and Blue campaign:

“With voters already casting ballots, the Internet is the quickest means our supporters have to donate and help defeat this unnecessary amendment,” said Derek Newton, Florida Red and Blue campaign manager. “Every minute our site is down not only loses us money but costs us votes.”

Denial of Service attacks work by sending floods of fake requests to a website for web pages in an attempt to overwhelm the website’s server. As the server is wasting its resources responding to these fake requests, legitimate access from real users aren’t able to get through. Attackers often use a network of computers compromised by viruses and trojan horses — often without the knowledge of the computer’s owner — to send large amounts of traffic simultaneously from multiple locations.

Update: It appears that Arizona’s No On Prop 102 web site was not targeted. It has been operating normally throuhout this period.



October 30th, 2008 | LINK

I gave another $50 to No on 8 after reading about this.

Lynn David
October 30th, 2008 | LINK

I tried last Monday night to give to No on Prop 8….. and I tried…. and I tried…. and I tried….. and I finally fell asleep at the computer. I couldn’t from time to time get them to take my money again. But I was getting Email from Kors (I guess due to my first attempt) and saw his missive on the cyber-attack today. So I went over and doubled what I tried to give on Monday…. ;-)

Just for the heck of it, I went over and gave Barack some a bit after that. Don’t anyone expect winter solstice gifts (that’s Christmas gifts) after that!

Lynn David
October 31st, 2008 | LINK

Though I hope that an Obama/No’8’/No’2’/No’102′ quadruple-win will be present enough… along with the expected smattering of congressional and local wins.

October 31st, 2008 | LINK

My husband and I have also made yet another donation to NO on Prop. 8 and NO on Prop. 102. We are tapped out after this and couldn’t afford to send another donation to NO on Amendment 2 in FL. Sorry, FL… :-(

If only I wasn’t laid off from work, I could have sent even more moolah!!!

California – Vote “NO” on Prop. 8!
Arizona – Vote “NO” on Prop. 102! AGAIN!
Florida – Vote “NO” on Amendment 2!
Connecticut – Vote “NO” on Question 1!

October 31st, 2008 | LINK

Before you all get caught up with goblins and things that go bump in the night…

Take some time to go vote today!

Just a friendly reminder. I don’t mean to nag.

October 31st, 2008 | LINK

Yes, GO OUT AND VOTE! Or do a mail-in ballot if your State offers that convenience!

If you are one of those “My vote doesn’t matter” or “It won’t make a difference” or whatever other excuse. This is NOT the time for that!

Especially in the case of the Propositions! In this case, every SINGLE vote DOES and WILL COUNT!

Whereas the President is elected by an Electoral vote, not the popular vote. Otherwise Gore would have won in 2000.

Also, you don’t have to vote on every single thing on the ballot for your ballot to count!!! Did you know that!?

Yes, you can just go in and vote for just that 1 Proposition and leave! That’s it. That’s all. And your ballot will still count! And your vote AGAINST that Proposition will count!


California – Vote “NO” on Prop. 8!
Arizona – Vote “NO” on Prop. 102! AGAIN!
Florida – Vote “NO” on Amendment 2!
Connecticut – Vote “NO” on Question 1!

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