Iran election protests move online
Activists take down government websites with Denial of Service attacks
Protests against the results of the Iranian election moved online on Monday, with several government sites taken down by activists.
Websites belonging to Iranian new agencies, several ministries and President Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were all hit by denial of service attacks (DoS).
Activists were organizing attacks through international sites and through sites aimed at Iranian communities, by encouraging the use of simple page reloading tools like pagereboot.com, as well as custom tools that have been posted online.
Independent security consultant Dancho Danchev said that the attacks were utilizing a ‘people’s information warfare concept’, to mobilize ‘hacktivists’ from both Iranian groups and others outside of the country sympathetic to their cause, which was proving more effective than an initial approach that relied just on groups within
“Judging by the effect this crowdsourcing is having, they've disrupted the sites set as targets,” Danchev told IDG.
Activists claim that the attacks have been two way, with Iranian paramilitaries using DoS attacks against protest sites hosted in the US.
Since the disputed election results were announced on Friday, Iranian authorities have been accused of blocking websites including YouTube and the BBC, as well as blocking satellite television signals in the region, apparently in an attempt to stop news from getting into or out of Iran.
In response, many people have turned to Twitter as a source of information on what is happening in the country. On Monday, Twitter announced that it would postpone routine maintenance downtime to avoid disrupting the service at peak times in Iran.