Earlier today I encountered this brief notice at the unofficial BNP blog:
BNP Main Website Down
Suspected Denial of Service Attack. Recent attempts originated from Russia.
At that time there was nothing further. A series of updates later in the day reported that the site was back up, then down, then up again but running slowly. The latest word as of this writing is that the site will be down until sometime tomorrow.
Simon Darby, the deputy leader of the BNP, posted more about the incident at his blog:
BNP Website Under Attack
The main BNP website is currently down due to a massive Denial of Service Attack. The site was attacked last night, at one point dealing with 28 million hits, but we managed to block out the traffic which was emanating from Eastern Europe and Russia.
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The size of the assault today is unparalleled and there is no doubt that whoever has organised this has had to pay out a serious amount of money to the criminal underworld.
On Friday the servers of Clear Channel, part of a huge conglomerate that provides billboard advertising, suffered a similar attack. Their IT professionals tracked the criminal activity back to a notorious “anti-fascist” organisation openly aligned to the Labour Party and supported by the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. This organisation was protesting at the decision by Clear Channel to allow the BNP to display advertising in support of our European Election Campaign.
As a consequence of the criminal actions against Clear Channel we understand that their legal team is currently in the process of issuing writs against the perpetrators which as well as civil actions will involve the possibility of potential criminal charges including racketeering.
There’s no doubt that the three major British political parties are pulling out all the stops in an attempt to prevent the BNP from trouncing them in two weeks’ time in the EU elections.
But would Labour, the Tories, or the Lib-Dems go this far? And do they have the resources to pull off this kind of caper?
The latest Sunday Express EU election poll conducted in the constituency of Secretary for Communities Hazel Blears shows the following voter preferences:
So both Labour and the Tories have ample motivation to do something drastic.
Depending on the size and scope of the operation, it can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars (or pounds) to launch and maintain a DDOS attack over an extended period of time. What’s being done to the BNP website does not come cheap, so only someone with a compelling interest in damaging the party would attempt it.
Obviously — given its intimate relationship with the pocketbooks of British taxpayers — the Labour party has the wherewithal to resort to these extreme measures.
But would it stoop to something as blatantly criminal as this?
One thing is certain: the Russian criminal networks are not doing this for fun.
Thanks to Gaia for the additional information.