Tuesday, March 18, 2014


"US hackers target Crimean referendum website," the Kremlin-run Voice of Russia reports Sunday.  The site, referendum2014.ru, uses Russia's Internet country code (.ru), rather than Ukraine's (.ua).

Voice of Russia goes on to quote organizers of today's vote, which asks people in Crimea to decide whether to join Russia:

"A new wave of a massive D-Dos attack hit our site at 1 o'clock pm last night.  Our IT safety experts managed to find out where those attacks came from.  It is University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.  The most powerful scanning of servers before the attack was carried out exactly from there.

The agency says of Urbana, "the technological and technical potentialities of this city exceed by thousands of times the needs of its residents."

-- NPR News, 16 March 2014

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