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Hackers Deluge GayGamer.net with DoS Attacks

A hacker attacked GayGamer.net with a row of DoS (Denial of Service) attacks to knock it offline. The attacker inundated the only gay-gaming site that collects news, with hate speeches and threatening e-mails.

In the beginning on August 1, 2007 morning the site was receiving small numbers of DoS assaults. However, the site together with its host soon detected the IP address of the source of the attacks and blocked them by August 3, 2007. But in the evening same day there was another flood of hate messages on the site's chat room and forums. There were also some messages threatening to kill and large size images sent to cripple the site. The IP from where the messages and pictures originated was tracked to Philadelphia.

The hacker didn't attempt to access the site's databases, so all of that was undamaged. The site owner is now simply waiting for their ISP to get everything back in their original state to help reinstate the server online. There is hope that the problem would be remedied by the end of first week of August, said Flynn De Marco, Kotaku owner and editor of GayGamer.net. Phase1phaser reported this on August 5, 2007.

Although the site was cleaned of the obnoxious messages but since the attacks continued, the site's host had to take GayGamer offline until it was possible to permanently block the attacks. The site is also facing problems in getting a resolute answer from GoDaddy.com, the site's host.

This form of hate crime is called 'bias crime', according to the FBI. The criminal offense may occur against an individual, society or property where the offender feels biased against a religion, race, ethnicity or national origin, sexual orientation or disability.

It is rather unfortunate that in even virtual gaming and game coverage there are some who convey their opinion only by launching attacks on others.

Attacks of these types on game sites by homophobic hackers are becoming commonplace. There was a similar attack on the game site Mario in the end week of July 2007. The attack was with a worm known as Romario-A sent through e-mail.

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