Digital attack on journalist raises specter of online censorship
When cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs exposes internet crime rings or digital fraudsters, retaliation often follows. And it’s not for the faint of heart.
Mr. Krebs’s adversaries have threatened him physically, assaulted his blog with cyberattacks,tried to frame him for selling drugs, and even faked an emergency at his home address so that heavily armed police surrounded his house. The former Washington Post reporter has made so many enemies that he reportedly writes with a loaded shotgun by his side.
But what happened this month after he reported on an Israeli operation that carries out online attacks for a fee sent shockwaves across the internet.
Last week, Krebs’s site was hit with a distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attack bigger than anything the internet has seen. The attack was so big even Akamai Technologies, which handles DDoS mitigation for some of the largest companies on the internet, unhitched him from its network. – READ MORE