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Sunday March 8 was International Women’s Day, celebrating women’s achievements and contributions to society.
Women’s Day was an event that We Live Security fully supported, interviewing ESET researcher (and regular site contributor) Lysa Myers about the role of women in computer security.
But, judging by an internet attack which hit a popular feminist blog on Sunday, not everyone is such a fan of International Women’s Day and women having a voice.
Amber Gordon, the founder of femsplain.com, went on Twitter yesterday to share an image of how her site had been deluged with malicious web traffic, designed to bring the site to its knees through a Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack.
This is what a DDoS attack looks like in case you were wondering. pic.twitter.com/0xS9KzvGqn
— Amber (@missambear) March 8, 2015
Amber Gordon said that the site had suffered DDoS attacks in the past, but never with such severity. “I think it’s because it’s International Women’s Day,” she told The Verge.
A post from Twitter user @Sarkeesian suggested that they had used Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC), a common tool for co-ordinating DDoS attacks to bring down the Femsplain website.
Of course, if the attackers had hoped to knock the site off the radar with their DDoS attack they hadn’t thought it through properly.
Popular science blogger Phil Plait, also known as The Bad Astronomer, summed it up better than most:
I hadn’t heard about @femsplain until it was DDoS attacked today. Now 370,000 more know about it, too. Well played, misogynists!
— Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) March 8, 2015
Attackers may have tried to silence Femsplain, but they’ve failed. What’s more, the site has just successfully raised over $30,000 via Kickstarter, which will go towards ensuring there is a platform where all women’s voices can be heard.
Author Graham Cluley, We Live Security