On Sunday, many of you noticed that you could not publish comments at this site. Others of you may’ve noticed you could not access the main page. I noticed yesterday night that instead of the normal site traffic I receive for a Sunday, that I’d received 10 times that amount and over three times the amount this site has ever received. I asked my web host whether it was possible that I’d experienced a Denial of Service attack. The security staff replied that it was a distinct possibility.
The reason I thought this possible is that my blog was mentioned in a Yediot article yesterday and credited with breaking the gag order against reporting the arrests of Ameer Makhoul and Said Omer. Yediot has many extreme right wing readers (you can likely read lots of hate in the Talkback for that article directed against me–I don’t read them myself). Also, I’ve received a slurry of hostile blog comments likely originating from readers of Yediot. Given that as many as 20,000 of the hits from yesterday may’ve happened in a short period of time, I thought it likely it could be a DOS attack.
This means that this blog has become a target of the Israeli far-right and its Diaspora supporters. It means that they perceive we can damage their political values and agenda. I also note in the Facebook group I created there are now lots of trolls including one individual who’s registered using the same IP address and four separate identities. They’re trying to game the system to their advantage. The question for me is whether this is a formal and official campaign against our work from security or government sources (Mossad, MFA, etc.) or rather a shotgun effort by the hasbara-Giyus-settler brigades.
I have put in place new defenses to protect against future attacks and will explore additional measures I can take. If anyone out there has professional experience in this field, please be in touch. I’d very much like to be able to trace forensically any future attempts to do mischief.
UPDATE: I’ve consulted with another party having some expertise in the field about the circumstances of this incident and he believes it’s possible that mentions in Haaretz and Yediot could’ve generated such a large volume of traffic. I’m doubtful since even a mention in the N.Y. Times during the Kamm case generated no more than about 100 hits if that. You just don’t know.