S aturday night, the Ron Paul campaign announced that their website was hit by a cyber attack. The attack took place during a moneybomb to commemorate Ron Paul’s birthday, and disabled the website ronpaul2012.com for approximately one hour beginning around 10:30pm ET.
It is currently unknown which individuals or organization targeted the site.
Around 11pm ET, the Ron Paul Facebook page was updated with the message, “The RonPaul2012.com website is under cyber attack. Our team is working to fix this as we speak. So sorry to all who have tried to make donations and could not. We’ll have more info ASAP.”
The attack was a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which floods the website with more traffic than the servers can handle, causing a crash. The attack targeted port 80 (HTTP). Donations to the website are run through HTTPS or port 443 – meaning people were still able to donate if they had the secure donate link.
*Update 12:20AM ET — From the Ron Paul Campaign: “We blocked the attack and are back on track. Since we missed time and donations, we are keeping the Money Bomb going until noon tomorrow. Please spread the word and make this a huge success!”
Author’s Note: DDoS Mitigation is a stressful process, so we recommend not visiting the main campaign website but in the meantime donating via https://secure.ronpaul2012