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Mexican Campaign Website Attacked with DDoS

June 15, 2018 / Kacy Zurkus

A Mexican campaign site was hit with a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack during the final presidential debate, which comes mere weeks before the 1 July election, fomenting concerns of election security. The affected site, run by the National Action Party (PAN), targets front-runner Andrés Manuel López Obrador, but his party reportedly denies any involvement with the outage. The majority of traffic that caused the outage supposedly came from Russia and China, which may or may not correlate with the origin of the attack. There are currently no clear signs of foreign hacking in Mexican campaigns, and cyber-experts have not yet identified who was behind the attack. One possibility, Reuters reported, is that “it could have been done by hackers for hire working on behalf of somebody looking to prevent people from accessing the PAN website.” Tensions and nerves are high as Mexico prepares for its election, particularly after evidence of Russia’s meddl...