Canadian Government website hit by DDoS attack, making it offline

It’s an unfortunate news for the Canadian Government Website, as it was hit by a DDoS attack and was made offline. As per the reports, the attack was made by an anonymous group that apparently did this due to outrage over the Bill C-51 which was passed recently. The Bill C-51 is a controversial anti-terror bill that was passed in last month. Due to the DDoS attack, the website, Government web services and even the internal networks became inaccessible for many hours.

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Bill C-51 and DDoS attack

Last month, the anti-terrorist Bill C-51 was passed by Canadian government. Due to this bill, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service now has more power to gather all sorts of information about the suspected terrorist plots, as well as stop them. However, this possibly means that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service will hover over social media accounts, email accounts and any web information of any individual.

Some additional powers are also provided to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service with the help of the Bill C-51.

“It also increases the exchange of federal security information, broadens no-fly list powers and creates a new criminal offense of encouraging someone to carry out a terrorist attack.”

Probably, this is the reason that enraged some groups and they made this DDoS attack on the official government website, say reports.

In simple words, the DDoS attack or the distributed denial-of-service attack makes a network or machine resource inaccessible to its users. There are several methods of DDoS attack; such as ICMP Flood, Teardrop attacks, HTTP POST DDoS attack, RUDY and many more. Despite of this knowledge, it has been always difficult to foresee the attack. The attack vector has always messed with the security of websites and online information disabling it.

There are no foolproof preventive measures for stopping the DDoS attacks. However, there are only a few defensive steps that can be taken.

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