Massive hacker attack against Dispatch International

It is said that “You can fool some of the people all the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all the time.” But the Swedish establishment surely tries hard. Now they got caught. The new conservative newspaper Dispatch International is published in English, German, Danish and Swedish, and with Lars Hedegaard, Chairman of the International Free Speech Society, Islam and immigration will not be lied about. And that is what the Swedish unholy marriage of journalists and politicians fear.

From Dispatch International: Massive hacker attack against Dispatch International:

Dispatch International is under attack. During the last week we have been bombarded by attempts to overload the web site, rendering it inaccessible to our readers.

“This is no ordinary Denial of Service attack, that anybody can carry out. The people responsible know what they”re doing and have reasonably high skills,” says Dispatch International’s head of internet security.

A number of experts on IT security have gone through the logs from the 24 hour period when the attack was at its most intense, around November 22. And they have drawn several conclusions, of which the most interesting is that computers belonging to the newspapers Sydsvenskan, Värnamo Nyheter and Norrköpings Tidningar, the radio production company Tredje Statsmakten Media AB and Swedish state television SVT took part in the attack.

“Most of the computers used in the attack have random, dynamic IP addresses. So, these media houses certainly stand out,” says one of the security experts.

Even if there is no way to be sure that persons from these companies have participated actively in the attack, the experts believe is the most likely scenario.

“The alternative is that these major corporations have been hacked, and that would mean this is a very high profile attack. That is very is unlikely. An attack at that level could have wreaked complete havoc with the system, and that didn’t happen this time.”

By the skin of their teeth, Dispatch International’s security team managed to keep the web page online during most of the attack, but the publication of last week’s web paper was severely delayed. If one were to calculate how much money an attack like this is worth in overtime and damage to the paper’s reputation, one would end up with a six-figure amount. Dispatch International has of course reported the attack to the police, who are now investigating suspicions of hacking.

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Comments

  1. says

    And that is what the Swedish unholy marriage of journalists and politicians fear.

    Sweden is not the only country whose journalists are in an unholy marriage with politicians, as any free American knows.

  2. says

    I’m delighted that the people at Dispatch International have tracked some of the offending computers to the mainstream media: “the newspapers Sydsvenskan, Värnamo Nyheter and Norrköpings Tidningar, the radio production company Tredje Statsmakten Media AB and Swedish state television SVT took part in the attack.” Great to have that documented!

  3. says

    The “unholy marriage” wouldn’t be so dangerous if only there were journalists in support of politicians all across the political spectrum. At one time this was the case: there were newspapers supporting everything from isolationism and states’ rights to full-blown socialism. But nowadays, the overwhelming bulk of the media is generally hard-left. That’s the problem.