DDoS attacks target NUJP, alternative media

The websites of the National Union of Journalist of the Philippines (NUJP) and alternative media Bulatlat and Kodao Productions are continuously experiencing what seemed to be a well-planned Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against news outfits critical to the government.

According to a statement released by NUJP, their digital security partners were able to track up to “426 gigabytes of traffic” directed to their website twice last Friday, February 8th.

On Monday, February 11th, their website was hit again by a 76 gb DDoS attack. This cyber-attack managed to take down their website twice – in the morning and mid-afternoon.

NUJP’s records show that the top requested URL is a query for the keyword “Duterte” which led them to a conclusion that this series of DDoS attacks is “part of an orchestrated campaign to silence critical outfits and organizations that has also targeted alternative news sites such as those of our affiliates, Bulatlat, Kodao Productions, AlterMidya and its latest target, Pinoy Weekly.”

Now that the election campaign has officially started, could this DDoS and other cyber-attacks be the start of a new strategy that politicians and their critics should start paying attention to?

Fjordan Allego
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