Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Texas Gov. Perry's Web Site Hacked (Perhaps)

Via myfoxaustin.com (Austin, TX) -

Gov. Rick Perry's web site was hacked into Tuesday morning just before the Governor was about to give live remarks on the site. A statement on the web site says that it was deliberately interrupted by a denial-of-service attack.

At around 11:30 a.m the web site displayed an error message that said “Unable to connect to database server.” Perry's spokesman Mark Miner called it internet sabotage. Perry was about to give a live webcast on Talkin' Texas. Below is the statement published on the site.

"Statement from Texans for Rick Perry Spokesman Mark Miner Concerning Internet Sabotage

Today’s ‘Talkin' Texas’ webcast by Gov. Perry was deliberately interrupted by a denial-of-service attack, preventing countless users from logging in to view the Governor’s remarks. This planned and coordinated attack was political sabotage, and we are working to identify those responsible for this illegal activity. Before the attack was initiated, more than 22,000 users were able to log in and view Gov. Perry’s complete remarks, which will be distributed shortly."


Before I can believe this "coordinated political sabotage" claim, I need to see a little more evidence.

Clearly, if the site was DDoS...then no one would have seen his remarks. So if 22,000 users were able to login and view his remarks...then it wasn't DDoS at a network level. So what happen?

And what is this “Unable to connect to database server.” error? Sounds like they maxed their backend database connections. Perhaps the site wasn't able to handle the load - which is far from "political sabotage".

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