Cyber attack knocks out Radio Netherlands Worldwide

4th May 2011, Comments 0 comments

Websites run by Radio Netherlands Worldwide were offline for almost a day following a cyber-attack launched on Tuesday May 3. The so-called DDoS attack meant tens of thousands of users around the world were unable to access RNW's internet news and feature services.

Radio Netherland Worldwide's Managing Director Jan Hoek said, "Such a cyber attack demonstrates how vulnerable new media can be. As an international organisation championing freedom of expression, we are fortunate in still being able to reach most of our audience via our 3,000 media partners, supplying them with independent information."

It is not clear who is behind the attack, which follows only days after Dutch Rabobank was crippled by a similar assault. RNW has formally reported the unknown attackers to the police.

Most of RNW's websites came back online in the course of Wednesday, although the attack continued.

A DDoS attack floods a website with unwanted visits, making it unreachable for bona fide visitors.  

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