Russians Suspected In DDoS Attack On Newsweek Following Their Exposure Of Trump’s Dealings In Cuba

Their site was unreachable for hours. Talking Points Memo reports:

The editor-in-chief of Newsweek confirmed Friday that the magazine’s website was on the receiving end of a denial-of-service attack Thursday night, following the publication of a story accusing one of Donald Trump’s companies of violating the Cuban trade embargo. Editor-In-Chief Jim Impoco noted that the attack came as the story earned national attention.

Later Friday afternoon, Impoco emailed TPM that in an initial investigation, the “main” IP addresses linked to the attack were found to be Russian. It should be noted that it is possible to fake an IP address. “As with any DDoS attack, there are lots of IP addresses, but the main ones are Russian, though that in itself does not prove anything,” he wrote. “We are still investigating.”

  • Sam_Handwich

    the more chilling aspect of these supposed Russian hacks involves voting registration databases in a number of states

    i wonder how the feds are dealing with any of this

    • safari

      Only the NSA knows for sure

    • Gustav2

      Ohio’s Husted has told the Feds to mind their own business.

  • JT

    Unfucking believable. Trump treason.

  • Jeffrey

    #trumptreason

  • Smokey
  • Lazycrockett
    • ShawnSwagger

      So the entire Republican Party is compicit in Trump’s illicit dealings with Putin. That needs to be made loud and clear on MSNBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, everywhere. Many times. It’s not just the Trump campaign. The entire Republican Party is obstructing justice to enable Putin to subvert the American democratic process!

      McCain, Ayotte, Rubio, McConnell, Blunt, Toomey, ,,, All of them OUT. NOW.

      • sword

        After 1963, the Dixiecrats of the South became the Southern Republican Party. In 1963, Republcans were rabidly anti-Russian.
        Today, the Republican Party has become the tool of the Russian dictator, Vlad Putin.
        They go where ever their continuing hatred takes them.

        • Nowhereman

          That’s about it. As long as they hate gays and non-white people and keep women in their place, then they are all for it. Just like the good Germans before WWII who never thought the Reich would turn on them.

          • Librarykid

            You could go ahead and say “good German Jews,” many of whom voted for Hitler when he promised law and order in those really bad times and, like many of the Republicans of today, were against homosexuality and abortion. Hate never stops with just one or two groups and it never stops short of the Jews, especially when so much of the hate is justified by religion.

    • Ninja0980

      Party over country, every single time.

  • Craig C

    I just loaded newsweek.com and it came right up. Glad to see the DDOS is not working (at least currently).

    • LackofFaithify

      I would bet the DDoS was either just an initial testing of the defenses, done by some amateurs using a few rented bots, or they have a backup plan similar to something like cloudflare to keep up their website.

  • Mark Neé Fuzz

    But but but Benghazi! Email!

    • Hank

      30,000!!! /s

  • AtticusP
    • Gianni

      If nothing else, she’s really fat!

      • Gil

        ‘She’s’ technically five pounds away from being considered morbidly obese…

        • pj

          shes a large fries away from a heart attack and our new president pence. god help us.

        • TampaDink

          Lie about her height. Problem solved. (It seems to have worked for don the con.)

        • Gianni

          Let’s get the news cameras into the gym so we can watch her work out. Will be really entertaining.

      • Joe in PA

        But a GREAT temperament!

        • Gianni

          I forgot. There is THAT.

    • Soren456

      I notice immediately that there’s no “package.”

      • MBear

        You were looking?!? >gag! <

        • Soren456

          lol As if you didn’t . . . .

          First place my eyes land. Always

          • MBear

            Only when you mentioned it! 🙂

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    So what’s going on here? These hackers aren’t doing this for free. Where do you this road will lead. Are our electronic voting systems vulnerable to these attacks?

    • Adam King

      Yes, they are, especially in states like Pennsylvania that don’t keep a paper record of votes.

      • Gianni

        I’m in PA and my area has paper ballots. Our voting records are there for the viewing/counting at any time that there is a question of the ballot reader’s count.

        • Nowhereman

          My state, too. They are scanned by machine, but the physical ballots are there if needed. I’d like to see us all go to a mail in ballot and do away with the touch screens entirely. There is too much risk involved with them, and it is outrageous that the machines are not subject to public oversight.

    • TampaDink

      What the HELL is going on????
      Something is going on!
      Believe me.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      OT and totally random and well away from your very erudite comment but:
      Proud MOFO, if that is you in your avatar, um, you’ve got a lot to be proud of…damn!
      (I know, I like it here on the shallow end of the pool.)

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        Yes that’s me:)

    • safari

      Michigan has optical paper ballots. You connect an arrow using a black felt tip marker to point to the name of the person you’re voting for. If you fill out the form incorrectly, the counter will spit the ballot back out. This said, my city did once try (or did?) certify an election result missing two entire wards. It was caught when someone noticed that 0 people voted in those areas.

    • OdieDenCO

      I think the long term goal is to throw America in to economic and social turmoil, i.e. civil war. with us in effect off the global table,NATO will fall apart, the EU is not coherent enough to present a united front, Russia will be able to do just about anything.

      • NancyP

        Yep, my thought exactly. Putin wants a vacuum so he can invade Europe.

        • RoFaWh

          The proper title will be Vlad, Emperor and Autarch of Eurasia and Adjoining Regions.

      • Bad Tom

        That is quite plausible.

    • NancyP

      Most states’ VOTING systems should be safe from internet based hacks because the machines doing the active counting are stand-alones (not connected to net).
      However, a hacker could cause a LOT of damage to the voter registration database by (for instance) deleting registered voters from the system – say, everyone with last names “Gonzalez”, “Garcia”, etc. The voters would show up, the database will not contain their name (our precinct uses iPads for confirming registration and collecting voters’ signatures when receiving a ballot. I doubt that these would-be voters could even get a provisional ballot, not that those are ever counted. Now I assume, probably naively, that the state keeps and archives offline backup files, so that when the shit hits the fan, with large numbers of irate would-be voters, it will be possible to demonstrate that the would-be voters are indeed registered. But this investigation in a rapid fashion is not a sure thing in a state controlled by Republicans.

  • geoffalnutt

    He so needs to find himself in jail. He is actually “the enemy within”. It’s TREASON…unmistakably.

    • William

      Send his demon children to prison too.

  • Many international businesses got around the embargo on trade with Cuba. Also Iran (Halliburton and others). They did it by going through a foreign subsidiary usually. Others just did it. Was anyone even prosecuted for that? Trump obviously got away with it. What a joke that was.

    • Soren456

      I think the only persons who will be actively pissed about this are the Miami Cubans, and they will be very, very pissed.

      At least I hope so.

  • Interesting stats:

    China was the top source for DDoS attacks, with 27.24% of all attacks emanating from the country. The United States, Turkey, Brazil and South Korea made up the rest of the top five country sources, accounting for 17.12%, 10.24%, 8.6% and 7.47%, respectively.

    https://arc.applause.com/2016/06/21/akamai-ddos-attacks/

    Russia is the source of only 5.14% of this year’s DDoS attacks.

    The overwhelming majority of DDoS targets are games (more than 54% of the time) or software and technology (about 25%). The rest of the sectors are in single digits. Media and entertainment (sadly these are lumped together) is around 5% of the total targets.

    What this means? A country that isn’t usually the source of all that many DDoS attacks has gone after a U.S.-based news outlet. That there are forces in Russia which seem determined to prop up Trump’s self-destructing candidacy is a very big deal.

    • Joe in PA

      Thanks for this insight Becca. I was part of the IT org of a US military site. It has been a while, but I would have guessed that the 27% figure was low. Russia wasn’t even on the radar. Hmmm.

    • William

      Russia has done DDoS attacks on the Baltic states, when Vlad felts they were getting uppity.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_cyberattacks_on_Estonia

  • pj

    i grew up with the russians/communists being our sworn enemy. now because don the con is in bed with them they are oky dokie?

    • TampaDink

      Yeah. Cuz Hillary used a private server. And Benghazi!!!!

      • Johnny Wyeknot

        I’m waiting for a rehash of Travelgate

        • Nowhereman

          Any day now. First The Donald is going to rehash Bill Clinton’s romantic indiscretions and the murder of Vince Foster, right after he wraps up his twitter feud of fat-shaming any women who have ever crossed him and reducing all other women’s worth to the shape of their body parts. He is really obsessed with women. Not as human beings, but as possible sexual conquests. (He is soooo presidential!)

        • TampaDink

          That could work, if don the con can somehow can avoid discussing the physical attributes of flight attendants.

        • Homo Erectus

          and the white house christmas card mailing lists.

      • RemusL

        You’d think the Republicans would be all in favour of privatizing everything in government. /s

        • TampaDink

          Everything, including private servers for federal employees as long as they are republicans.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      “duck and cover… duck, and cover…..”

      • Nowhereman

        Ah yes–good times!…

  • And the dolt’s in Stein camp will say that this is a good thing. If the U.S. doing this to other country is unacceptable, why the hell is Russia doing this acceptable? Oh I know why because “revolution” even if it screws the majority of people over.

    • Also it’s might ironic that a bunch of know-nothings calls Hillary crooked actively promotes crooked behaviors.

      • RoFaWh

        Reflection.

    • Ninja0980

      Yup, the greater good theory in full bore.

      • Homo Erectus

        The GOP supporting communism – wutsupwidat?

        • Putin’s just a right-wing as any Republican you want to name.

          And Stein’s just as dim.

          • Homo Erectus

            Stein who?

          • Jill Stein. See Gyeo’s original comment above.

    • ultragreen

      This is utter nonsense.

      • djcoastermark

        yes it is. That’s why t rump must NEVER get into the office of the president of the United States.

  • SunsetGay

    Florida! I know Trump is a part-time resident of your state. However, take a good look at how this man has conned you. He lied to Cuban-Americans. He has disrespected Latinos.

    This year I am asking all of you Floridians to do the unthinkable… VOTE AGAINST FLORIDA MAN!

    • Captain Jack

      I have a sister that lives in the back woods of the Ocala national forest and a niece in Palm Beach.. both are Trump people..sad!

  • stuckinthewoods

    Salon has the just released Trump deposition in the Post Office restaurant case.
    http://www.salon.com/2016/09/30/watch-donald-trump-answers-for-his-mexican-rapists-comments-under-oath/

    • JT

      Drumpf: I couldn’t have said anything bad because I’m the nominee of a major party.

      What a bonehead.

  • Henry Auvil

    Well no one in the Trump campaign is smart enough to have done it, so it must have been the Russkies.

  • bkmn

    Vlad will do anything he can to put Trump the mental midget in the Oval Office.

  • PLAINTOM

    So everything the GOP says they stand for is a lie.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Yup

  • Ninja0980

    Paper ballots are the only way to go here.

    • Homo Erectus

      hanging chad free paper ballots (a suggestion from Florida).

  • bambinoitaliano

    This is close to an act of war from Russia. Why is the current admin not responding?

    • sword

      They are responding…the NSA is trying to hack into all of those Russian voting machines that only have Putin on the ballot.

    • ultragreen

      An act of war? You’re kidding, right?

      • Friday

        Pretty damn close, cyberattacks to interfere with our democratic process to install their boy? It sure ain’t an act of international amity.

        • Do you honestly think they’re going to be giving ongoing status reports to CNN?

  • JustDucky
  • jimbo65

    Whatever happened to Anonymous? Seems like they should be up to some mischief for our side.

    • Johnny Wyeknot

      Six feet under?

    • ultragreen

      Anonymous hates both Clinton and Trump.

      • jimbo65

        Ah. Makes sense now. Thanks

  • DaddyRay

    Thanks for the free publicity – this may have gone unnoticed but their antics just made sure more people will read it

  • ShawnSwagger
    • ultragreen

      Russia is driving out ISIS from Syria. You have a problem with that? Really???

  • AJD

    How about we petition the cable companies to drop RT and YouTube to delete their channel?

    • ultragreen

      Such censorship is unacceptable and illegal.

  • stuckinthewoods

    It’s the cyber. We really need to do something about the cyber.

  • Paula

    Vlad takes care of his bitches.

  • Bruno

    Have DOS attacks ever accomplished anything?

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      They’re mildly annoying for a couple of hours. So…”no”.

    • They used to, before advanced network management systems came online. Nowadays, they’re mostly a nuisance, a kind of Internet vandalism that just draws more attention to the thing the DDoS’ers are trying to block.

      For small operators, it can be a major hassle because good DDoS protection can cost a fair amount. But a lot of these companies now just rent space in big server farms, which have that built in.

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  • Distrubuted Denial of Service attacks are a bitch. Easy enough to set up with coordination and a decent server — and a very difficult thing to combat once it get’s rolling. Both Russia and China are well known in the IT world for this.

  • Gerry Fisher

    It’s scary for our democratic republic out there, folks. Nerve wracking. 🙁