Hackers take the airwaves

It’s all gone a bit Pete Tong for one internet-based radio station. Radio Free Europe, which broadcast news and current-affairs programmes to Eastern European countries behind the Iron Curtain, suffered a distributed denial of service attacks on the station’s various websites. News.com says that at one point the websites were getting up to 50,000 hits per second from other machines. Trend Micro says the attacks are almost certainly the result of politically motivated hackers, which, given that political arguments concerning the former Eastern Bloc sometimes end with polonium 210 in your PG tips, makes a DoS attack seem positively appealing.

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