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Can a DDoS attack on Whitehouse.gov be a valid protest?


NewsHubWhen Donald Trump is inaugurated as the U. S. President on Friday, Juan Soberanis intends to protest the event—digitally.
His San Francisco-based protest platform is calling on Americans to oppose Trump’s presidency by visiting the Whitehouse.gov site and overloading it with too much traffic. In effect, he’s proposing a distributed denial-of-service attack, an illegal act under federal law. But Soberanis doesn’t see it that way.
“It’s the equivalent of someone marching on Washington, D. C,” he said on Monday. “Civil disobedience has been part of the American democratic process.”
Soberanis’s call to action is raising eyebrows and highlights the isssue of whether DDoS attacks should be made a legitimate form of protest. Under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, sending a command to a protected computer with the intent to cause damage can be judged a criminal offense. But that hasn’t stopped hacktivists and cyber criminals from using DDoS attacks to force websites offline.
In 2013, the U. S. charged 13 people affiliated with the hacktivist group Anonymous for launching DDoS attacks on government entities, trade groups and law firms.
Typically, hackers launch such attacks by using several servers, or huge numbers of infected PCs called botnets, to flood their targets with an overwhelming amount of traffic.
Soberanis’s protest effort is simpler. He’s hoping that millions of individuals join his protest by visiting Whitehouse.

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