[funsec] 'American Idol' Voting Campaign Slammed With DDoS Attack
fergdawg at netzero.net
Fri Mar 30 08:20:25 CDT 2007
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Via SC Magazine Online.
A popular but controversial website that asks fans of the hit US TV show
"American Idol" to vote for the least talented contestant each week
continues to be slammed by a distributed denial-of-service attack, the
site's manager has admitted.
VoteForTheWorst.com, said to be the programme's most popular web
destination behind the official site, has angered "Idol" purists since its
launch in 2004 because it seeks to keep around the most entertaining, not
necessarily the most talented, singers.
And now it's apparently caught the ire of not just teenage girls, but also
the hacker community.
Nathan Palmer, who manages the site and server, said in an email that the
site fell victim on Wednesday to an all-day DDoS attack using spoofed IP
addresses. The site was pounded by 400 megabits of traffic per second,
beginning at 12:30 am, about two hours after the show went off air.
- - ferg
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