Gordon’s official website goes down after massive DDoS attacks
Senator Richard J. Gordon's official website has fallen victim to a coordinated online attack last Oct. 4, causing the site to shut down for several hours.
Myke Cruz, information technology officer of the Office of Senator Richard J. Gordon, made the report as the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee which the Senator chairs pursues its probe into the alleged anomalous government’s procurement deals.
“We view such service outage or disruption as a serious concern as its timing comes when the Senate Blue Ribbon panel is investigating alleged irregularities in government procurement for COVID-19 supplies and equipment,” he said.
According to him, a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, usually patched through the dark web by nefarious individuals in exchange for a high price, was the cause of the web services shutdown from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Administrators of dickgordon.ph were able to contain the problem by barring entry of traffic from outside the Philippines at around 1 p.m., but the foreign-led attack persisted until 3:04 p.m.
Past instances have linked DDoS attacks to destabilizing the online presence of an opposing party.
Traffic requests to Gordon's website primarily came from China, the United States, Ukraine, and other Southeast Asian countries, causing the usual bandwidth traffic to rise dramatically from less than 100MB to almost 1.8GB within an hour’s span.
“Ang nangyari puwede mo ihalintulad sa sari-sari store, na usually may regular na bilang ng customers na bumibili sa loob ng isang minuto. Ngayon, biglang dinumog ng lahat ng residente ng Metro Manila ang sari-sari store para bumili, kaya di lahat matutugunan on time,” explained Cruz.
The botnet owner, the originator of the attack, usually develops a malicious software or malware distributed through email or website attachments.
Owners of these infected computers unknowingly host this malware, which the attacker adds to the botnet to simultaneously make requests on a specific website or cloud service.
As the servers are only capable of entertaining a certain number of simultaneous requests per second, it may cause the server to reach its computing resource, creating a bottleneck.
Earlier, Gordon has cautioned the public to be more discriminate about disinformation and fake news being propagated from pro-administration pages on Facebook and Google (YouTube) meant to discredit him and other senators
Gordon's social media pages have also been pestered by “trolls” as he pursues the Senate probe into the alleged anomalous government procurement of COVID-19 medical supplies and equipment with Pharmally Pharmaceutical Corporation.
These “trolls” have parroted Mr. Duterte's baseless allegations against Gordon through ready-made comments and spliced videos attacking him and rehashing long-settled issues in the Philippine Red Cross and the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.
Duterte also ordered his Cabinet officials not to cooperate in the ongoing Senate inquiry which has linked former presidential economic adviser Michael Yang to the company, which is being called out for questionable financial, technical, and legal capacity.