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Irresponsible behaviour by pagereboot

Don’t Go to Fars News

June 21, 2009 by بالاترین

In the past few days, we have been under DDOS attack. This DDOS attack was caused by Iranian government websites (such as Fars News) embedding links in the form of
http://www.pagereboot.com/?url=http://balatarin.com&refresh=30
in their pages (in the form of iframe). When a visitor goes to Fars News website, they start sending hundreds of queries to balatarin in the background without their own knowledge. This results in the slow down of Balatarin and sometime in complete crash of the website.

Balatarin was not the only website that was targeted using pagereboot. Several of Mousavi’s websites including ghalamnews were targeted by Iranian government using Pagereboot tool.

The primary responsible parties are the Iranian government websites such as Fars News who embedded pagereboot in their pages. However Ryan Kelly who set up the pagereboot is also responsible for this too. He could have easily monitored the traffic and added exceptions to his software to prevent attacks on independent websites such as Balatarin.

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