Following persistent Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks on TamilNet in late February that coincided with the UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva, the site was once again intensively attacked this week by sources originating from various countries. Most of the attacks on 26 September originated from India, Malaysia, Israel and Germany. The attacks have also come from Thailand, Georgia, Brazil and Pakistan. This time, the cyber attacks on TamilNet coincided with its exclusive coverage exposing resettlement farce in Vanni, while Colombo and its abettors in the International Community of Establishments and in the international organisations, were projecting the closure of the IDP camp in Vavuniyaa as marking the successful completion of resettlement, ostensibly for the bailout of Colombo and continuation of the deceptive LLRC roadmap.
“The attackers came had IPs from many different countries, and a lot were sourced in India. It is difficult or perhaps sometimes impossible to trace who hosted the attack, as they normally remotely command many different hacked machines to attack your website,” the service provider informed TamilNet.
Attack details 26th September
TamilNet was able to sustain the service without interruptions.
TamilNet is thankful for the support it has received from its readers in materially enabling it to meet the technological challenges.
Established in June 1995 as an electronic mailing list, TamilNet emerged into a newswire service with dedicated reporters, special correspondents and feature writers since it launched its web-based newswire service on 07 June 1997.
It now completes 15 years of service as an independent and not-for-profit newswire.
Sri Lanka is blocking the site inside the island since June 2007.
TamilNet now plans to interact with its readers in the diaspora through direct meetings to strengthen its independent news coverage and necessary infrastructure arrangements.