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"Protect marriage" site knocked down again

Tue 31 Jul 2012 In: New Zealand Daily News

Family First is crying foul over an “unprecedented attack” which has brought down its webs ite against marriage equality for the second day in a row. The website and was launched in response to Louisa Wall’s Bill which will redefine marriage, allowing gay couples to tie the knot. The website crashed on its first day (Monday) after huge amounts of traffic through the site, and then again as a result of a ‘large scale denial of service attack’. Family First says its webhost company has told it: “Just letting you know your domain is currently experiencing a large scale denial of service attack, we're currently actively blocking the IP addresses associated with the attack and will continue to monitor your domain throughout the day… you're getting around 8000 MySQL connections a section in a large scale attack, your using about 18GB of RAM usage and in excess of 10,000 processes….your DDoS attack took out our entire network traffic about 100Mbps Family First spokesman Bob McCoskrie claims some people are unwilling to have robust debate and “are resorting to desperate – but failed - attempts to shut us down.” “We are also disappointed that our web host company was targeted with offensive emails simply because they were a Christchurch business that we wanted to support and who were willing to host some of our websites.”    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Tuesday, 31st July 2012 - 2:12pm

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