Mexican Weekly Goes Offline After Cyberattack

By: Committee to Protect Journalists

New York, November 28, 2011–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by reports of a cyberattack on Mexican weekly Ríodoce that forced its website offline on Friday. Ríodoce is one of the few publications to cover crime and drug trafficking in Mexico.

Executives at Ríodoce, based in the city of Culiacán, in Sinaloa state, told CPJ that on Friday, they received an email from a representative from their host server DreamHost that said the newspaper’s website had been the victim of a “large” distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack. (A DDOS attack prevents a website from functioning by overloading its host server with external communications requests.)

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