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Cyberattack Crashes Newspaper Website

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials at the Las Vegas Sun say a cyberattack crashed their website for several hours Tuesday morning.

Donn Jersey, the publisher of the website and its sister sites, says the outage apparently started a little after 6 a.m., and was under control by until about 10 a.m.

Jersey says it’s unknown who’s behind the move. The newspaper’s site has experience similar attacks multiple times in the past year, including a severe one on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

The outage is described as a DDoS attack, which stands for Distributed Denial of Service. The scheme involves a hacker commanding a fleet of remotely controlled computers to flood a website with traffic, preventing the system from processing legitimate requests.

Users visiting a hacked site would see a blank page.

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