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Mizzima websites under DDoS attack

Rangoon (Mizzima) – Starting Friday, Mizzima’s websites in the English and Burmese have been under a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.
mizzima-logo-newMizzima issued a statement on Saturday saying: “While Mizzima’s editorial team cannot verify the exact cause of this attack, Mizzima has received several threats in recent weeks in reference to our coverage of ongoing hostilities in Rakhine State.”
The DDos attack started on Friday evening, shutting down the site for many readers. On Saturday, in some locations in Burma, Mizzima’s websites went down totally.

As of Monday afternoon, the English website was providing access although at a slower processing time.
DDoS is a type of attack that overloads traffic in a server, resulting in slow processing time or complete shutdown of the server.
Most of the attacks on Mizzima’s websites are based in Malaysia and came from servers in Malaysia; the second most number of attacks came from servers in the US.
DDoS attempts also came from England, Canada, India and Burma.

Mizzima websites came under similar DDoS attacks during the ‘Saffron Revolution’ in September 2007, shortly after Cyclone Nargis in 2008, and in the pre-election period in 2010.
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Since October this year, Burma has been in a state of civil war, with fighting between Burmese military and armed ethnic rebels. The ruling junta started a crackdown on these armed groups.

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