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www.charter97.org undergoes Ddos-attack

Author: Mikhail Doroshevich


Belarusian human rights association Charter 97 website www.charter97.org suffered a new attack on the 10th of February, 2004. The web-site hoster company informed Charter 97 that at 7 o'clock in the morning 980thousand requests from various IP-addresses had been registered. The hoster had to block access to the site for two days.

The first massive Ddos-attack was undertaken on the 20th of January, 2004 after the article about Belarusian roots of children's pornography business had been published at www.charter97.org.

Charter 97 representatives admit that hackers not only try to limit access to that pornography information but to destroy the most popular Belarusian on-line news resource.

On February 2, Judge Natalia Vaitsehovich of the Minsk Tsentralny District Court fined Natalya Kalyada, a journalist and Charter 97 member, 20 minimal wages ($150) for allegedly violating Art. 167 of the Belarusian Administrative Offenses Code (participation in activities on behalf of an unregistered organization), reported Charter 97. The journalist was punished for human rights monitoring and posting the related reports on the Charter 97 website.

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