It's my second link to a report by Hal Roberts (and others at
the Berkman Center) in as many days, but I worry that this
this detailed document on denial-of-service (DOS) and hacking
attacks on independent media and human rights groups might get
missed in the holiday season.
The news headlines in the last few weeks have been full of
stories of how DOS attacks can bring down even high-profile
websites, often with relatively little technical expertise on
behalf of the attackers. Such attacks are nothing new to online
journalists across the world, however. Just this year, CPJ has
dealt with cases of independent news sites being taken offline by
remote Internet attacks in
Kazakhstan, and now
The Berkman Center's report details over three hundred other
cases from 1998 onwards, from Sweden to North Korea. More important, the researchers
interviewed the victims of these attacks, and categorized what
defenses were practical and effective -- and what did not work.
If you're an online journalist with powerful opponents, I'd
strongly encourage you to read this document and pass it along to
your tech-savvy associates. Even a small amount of preparation can
help keep vital news and opinion available online when you -- and
your readers -- most need it.