The website Human Rights in Russia is now temporarily available to all
its readers at the following address: HTTPS://hro1.org
As already reported, this is a forced measure due to a particularly
ferocious DidoS attack on the site. Since 21 October the site has faced
an onslaught from outside with a phenomenal number of requests
effectively blocking the website and a frightening form of attack from
within where viruses destroyed in one place emerge in different
“Human Rights in Russia” ask their friends to pass on the temporary
address to all who read their site.
How we can help HRO.org
We would be grateful for any information about sites which during these
days (or over the last 6 months) have been subjected to a DDoS attack.
This will at least enable us to better analyze the scale, nature and
reasons for the attack.
We would also be very grateful for any suggestions from colleagues on
possible operational cooperation in similar crisis situations.
We very much hope that the mass media, news sites and blogs will
continue to follow this situation. It is not just a case of HRO.org. As
we have already said, it is entirely possible that the technology of
DDoS attacks is being developed for future use. This must give all food
We are unfortunately unable to reply often and in detail to all those
who are asking us difficult technical questions at present. The HRO.org
team is small and all our efforts at the moment are per force directed
at restoring the server.
Please excuse us for not responding. We do read all letters and bear in
mind all advice we are receiving. We will contact people if we need to
clarify anything or gain any more information.
We are very grateful to our readers who have not abandoned us at this
very difficult time.
As the previous reports published here suggest, this is no hooligan
attack by an amateur hacker. The scale and technical sophistication
involved suggest a very deliberate onslaught on a major human rights
resource and information network.
We would stress again how important it is that we help one another and
unite efforts against any such attacks by cyber-bandits and those who
have ordered such attacks.
The war that they are waging is very dirty and it is against all of us.