Charter-97 Suspects State in Organization of Hacker Attacks

2004 2004-02-12T10:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 10 and 11 February the website of “Charter-97” was blocked. In the morning of 10 February the host company of the site registered 980 000 inquiries from different IP-addresses, located all over the world. As a result the company had to stop serving of the site and it was inaccessible for users for two days.

“Charter-97” reminds that the first wave of attacks on the site started on 20 December, after an article about Belarusian traders of children’s pornography was placed on it. Now the site workers consider the actions of unknown hackers not only as an attempt to limit distribution of the information about pornography magnates, but also make short work of the site. “We have no direct evidence, but all reasons to think that this attack was sanctioned and supported by Belarusian authorities”, -- reads the special announcement on the site.

The journalists remind that about a week ago their colleague Natallia Kaliada was fined for preparation and distribution of journalistic information, considering it as activity on behalf of an unregistered body. They also point out that the new wave of the attacks coincided with the international forum in Riga with participation of Belarusian opposition. To their mind, it is a sing that “a large informational clear-up of Belarusian web has already begun”.

Press service of Belarusian Association of Journalists