As the Lieberman/Lamont race draws to a (possible) end with the primary election today, One of the biggest side-story’s out of the Connecticut Democratic race today seems to be the speculation that either Joe Lieberman’s website was maliciously hacked (or DDoSed), or whether his campaign committed a major blunder and went over bandwidth caps after being slammed by massive election day web traffic.
Either way, Lieberman’s campaign is crying foul, from:
Spokesman Dan Gerstein was quick on the draw with a few choice words for Lamont (“The Lamont campaign is once again lying in suggesting we didn’t pay our bill,” he said in less-than-happy tones. “That’s the definition of a lie, when you tell something that’s false knowingly”), a few more choice words for Lamont supporters (“Their supporters are doing these [attacks], we’ve demanded they get them to stop and they refuse to do it”), an almost-accurate comparison to GOP dirty tricks (“It’s despicable, it’s the same kind of tactics Karl Rove and his folks used to jam the phones in New Hampshire in 2000” (it was 2002, and Rove hasn’t been implicated in the scam))
Ned Lamont, challenger for the Democratic nomination,on his blog:
Apparently the Lieberman campaign is pushing a story that we have coordinated an attack against their website. Not a chance. Here’s the unqualified statement Sean Smith has called for.
If Senator Lieberman’s website was indeed hacked, we had absolutely no part in it, denounce the action, and urge whoever is responsible cease and desist immediately. It is our sincerest wish that everyone planning to vote for Ned Lamont or Joe Lieberman does so today.
So what’s the problem? Well, Lieberman’s site has been down for 18+ hours now, a good indicator that even if they’ve paid their host by now, and it is indeed a denial of service attack, you probably want to steer away from whoever the hell they’re with because they don’t seem to be able to configure their routers to drop packets from malicious sources.
Then again, someone at Lieberman HQ might still need to whip out the credit card and pay up for some extra bandwidth they didn’t anticipate.
Update: DailyKos points out that none of the other are down. That really kills the credibility of the Lieberman campaign claiming it was a DoS attack.
Update 2: I have to admit, I’m still on the fence on the whole thing. But even on the off chance that some hacker type had located an exploitable script on Lieberman’s site and maliciously messed things up, the fact that his web team took the site completely down (as opposed to putting a one-pager up) for the whole damn day makes them look rather stupid and inept.
Update 3: Firedoglake says this is a case of getting what you pay for. According to Wonkette, three months ago the campaign was in a better boat before cronyism set in (link to post that sparked a possible lawsuit).