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Al-Jazeera hobbled by DDOS attack

The Arab satellite television network Al-Jazeera suffered a second day of sustained distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks against its English and Arabic language Web sites on Wednesday. The attacks have pushed the network, which is based in Doha, Qatar , off the Web for the time being and forced Al-Jazeera to increase bandwidth for the sites and step up security in a desperate effort to get back online. “All of our Web sites are down. The U.S. [Web site] is out of order and the Europe [Web site] is under attack. We come up for five or ten minutes and then the attacks bring us down again,” said Salah AlSeddiqi, IT manager at Al-Jazeera. AlSeddiqi and others describe a powerful and coordinated attack on Al-Jazeera’s Web sites that began on March 25, shortly after the network published photos of U.S. soldiers who had been taken prisoner by Iraqi forces inside Iraq . Beginning on Tuesday, Al-Jazeera was hit with traffic in excess of 200 Mbps and up to 300 Mbps, he said. Full Story

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