An attack on the Labour Party’s website Monday succeeded in causing certain services to go offline. According to BBC News, the strike was a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, a blitz of internet traffic produced by a botnet of hijacked systems that overwhelms a server with simultaneous requests. The DDoS attack followed a smaller attack that the site’s security staff was able to shut down. Labour Party leadership noted that the attacks came during the active campaigns of the 2019 general election. Some sources have claimed the attacks were generated by servers in Russia and Brazil, though the BBC was told the attacks are not linked to any specific state.
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