We’ve heard recently during our discussions about the computer fraud and abuse act that a DDOS attack on a website is the modern day version of a sit-in. A peaceful protest to voice your opposition to a cause or law. At first glance that statement seems to be an over simplified theory, is that all it is and exactly what is a DDOS attack? I decided to delve into this subject more deeply and find out for myself. These are my findings. A DDOS or denial of service attack on a website is when someone tries to overload a site by consecutively connecting to the site and causing it to malfunction to the public. In doing this, the website “goes down” or is unavailable to the public. Wikipedia explains it like this ” Denial of service is typically accomplished by flooding the targeted machine or resource with superfluous requests In an attempt to overload systems and prevent some or all legitimate requests from being fulfilled… a Dos or DDoS attack is analogous to a group of people crowding the entry door or gate to a shop or business, disrupting normal operations” I’m no historian but a DDoS attack sounds almost EXACTLY like a sit-in! A modern day sit in for the 21st century… why is this act causing so many young people to spend their lives in prison? In an age where society is dealing with worldwide violent protests why are we allowing our non violent protesters to be targeted and crucified? It is time we stand up and do what we can to stop this travesty! With the broad range and vague wording of the CFAA civil acts of disobedience are being labeled and prosecuted as felonies and ruining the lives of our fellow activists – please contact your representatives and tell them you support Reforming the CFAA and Aaron’s Law – it’s up to US!
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