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Iranian Protesters Urged Not to DDoS Gov Sites, Could Backfire as Country's Networks Are Centralized

In the midst of heavy demonstrations in the street of Iran against current regime and controversial election results, online activist have began organizing online attacks against government websites. Activists are asking supporters to use tools currently being spread via Twitter, Facebook, and other social networking sites to participate in the attack. However as one blogger writes, the attack might in fact back fire in a country like Iran where network infrastructure is relatively centralized.

Robert Synnott writes: "Iran is not your modern open developed nation with gigabit links coming out of its ears. It does not have unlimited transit, and it is likely that all its transit it through one or two carriers. If these links are overwhelmed by armchair protesters DDOSing the website, then Internet access from Iran to the outside world may be disrupted, and it's even possible that the carrier, which will also be catering to other under-developed nations in the region, will simply pull the plug to protect the rest of their network."

Related Links:
Activists Launch Hack Attacks on Tehran Regime Wired, Jun.15.2009
DDOS attacks on Iran's web-sites: what a stupid idea! Foreign Policy, Jun.15.2009
Iranian opposition launches organized cyber attack against pro-Ahmadinejad sites ZDNet, Jun.15.2009
Iranian election protestors use Twitter to recruit hackers SC Magazine, Jun.15.2009

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