[WASC-WHID] WHID 2011-109: PCS Union website downed by ideological DDoS

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WHID 2011-109: PCS Union website downed by ideological DDoS

Entry Title: WHID 2011-109: PCS Union website downed by ideological DDoS
WHID ID: 2011-109
Date Occurred: May 17, 2011
Attack Method: Denial of Service
Application Weakness: Insufficient Anti-automation
Outcome: Downtime
Attacked Entity Field: Politics
Attacked Entity Geography:
Incident Description: The prominent Public and Commercial and Services union
(PCS) is struggling to get its website back online after being hit by a huge
DDoS attack nearly a week ago.
Government aside, sustained attacks against websites with a political theme
are extremely rare in UK, and what has befallen the PCS ­ whose members
include large numbers of public sector and government workers - could rank
as the first time the country has seen a large-scale ideological attack of
this kind.
Starting on 11 May, the union¹s website was hit by traffic 1,000 times its
normal level, taking the site down. As of 16 May, the site is still
unavailable beyond a static homepage that announces the problem, with a fix
unlikely for at least a day or two.
Mass Attack: No
Reference: 
http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/public-sector/3280224/pcs-union-website-
downed-by-ideological-ddos/
Attack Source Geography:


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