RFE/RL Tries to Fight Off Internet Attack

The staff at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is fighting off a cyberattack.

The broadcaster says a Distributed Denial of Service has been intermittently disrupting its multimedia news services.

RFE/RL President/CEO Kevin Klose says the organization believes the attack is targeted though it’s still gathering information.

A DDoS attack floods the target with fake requests that come from thousands, or even millions, of computers that have been compromised or infected with viruses or malware. Klose calls it “stark evidence of the challenges that confront the free dissemination and exchange of information in this age.”

RFE/RL technical staff is working with the Computer Emergency Response Team, an international volunteer organization that tracks electronic attacks, to block further disruption to its operations and isolate the source, according to the broadcaster.

RFE/RL’s content system also supports Voice of America, Middle East Broadcasting, and the Office of Cuban Broadcasting services. These U.S. international media networks have also been adversely affected by the attacks, according to the broadcaster.


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