Apparently we have been doing our job too well recently, and somebody REALLY doesn’t appreciate it!
Traffic on the site has exploded over the past few days, and is about 3X its usual level - until about an hour ago.
Our site was down for about 2.5 hours yesterday evening EST, and has been intermittent this afternoon, due to a sustained and relatively sophisticated DDoS (denial of service) attack.
It took me about an hour of trying to publish this article. I've sent out this same message via our email newsletter list. If you haven't signed up for that yet, please do, it may be the only reliable way to stay in touch with you if they keep disrupting the site.
I've heard that other sites, Fort Russ, and Southfront have also been under attack. NEO (New Eastern Outlook) came under attack 2 weeks ago.
A DDoS attack is when ill-wishers overwhelm your website with requests from multiple sources, shutting the whole thing down. It is a common way to disrupt websites.
We’ve got top level people working on this, but they cannot predict how long it will take to fight our way out, (if ever). They cannot say who is doing this. Whoever it is is probably related to Western and / or Israeli intelligence.
Needless to say this is a very bad portent for what is coming. Perhaps they are shutting down dissent in preparation for war, the blood and guts kind, not the infowar we've been experiencing these past three years.
You can help us fight back against this un-American censorship, which is censorship of YOU too, by making a contribution here. Maybe if they realize that readers just send us money in response, they'll stop doing it.
I’ll be in touch with any important news, and I’ll be posting on Twitter in the meantime. Please follow me there.
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