So, I don’t know how many of you remember the 2006 election campaign cycle events (I do – I always said that Lieberman would lose his primary and win as an Independent. I said it at the very start of 2006 and got laughed at, and look what happened). Anyway, Joe Liberman and his campaign made statements that implied that joe2006.com was hacked by Ned Lamont (Dem) supporters / the Lamont campaign through a denial of service attack.
While the site was down, the Lieberman site said that Lamont should “make an unqualified statement denouncing this kind of dirty campaign trick and to demand whoever is responsible to cease and desist immediately.”
Well, the FBI office in New Haven was called in to investigate, and part of their findings were recently released:
“The server that hosted the joe2006.com Web site failed because it was overutilized and misconfigured. There was no evidence of attack.” The website went down after “Lieberman officials continually exceeded a configured limit of 100 e-mails per hour the night before the primary” (The Advocate).
The system administrator misinterpreted the root cause. The system administrator finally declared the server was being attacked and the Lieberman campaign accused the Ned Lamont campaign. The news reported this on Aug. 8, 2006, causing additional Web traffic to visit the site.
The additional Web traffic then overwhelmed the Web server. . . . Web traffic pattern analysis reports and Web logging that was available did not demonstrate traffic that was indicative of a denial of service attack.
New Haven will be administratively closing this investigation.
So, Lieberman and his campaign look kinda foolish now, but he still got elected, so I don’t think it’ll make him lose too much sleep. It would’ve been interesting if the results were released before the general election though – I think Lieberman would’ve lost as a result of these results.
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