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UPDATE: Website of Group Organizing Recall Back Online After Cyberattack

United Wisconsin says Monday's attack was "coordinated and deliberate."

Updated at 8:35 p.m. Monday to indicate that site is back online.

Just hours before the official start of the drive to , the group spearheading the effort said that its website was the victim of a cyberattack on Monday.

United Wisconsin, the group working with the Wisconsin Democratic Party in the effort to recall Walker, said Monday evening that its website went down at about 2 p.m. The site was back online about six hours later.

"Early this afternoon, United Wisconsin's website www.unitedwisconsin.com, was the victim of a cyber attack. Our web team reports that this attack was coordinated and deliberate its target," the organization said in a statement.

The FBI and the Wisconsin attorney general's office has been asked to investigate, the group said.

"Clearly, this was done to deny the people of Wisconsin access to the materials we are providing for the Walker recall efforts. The attack, what is known as a Distributed Denial of Service Attack, flooded our servers at approximately 2 p.m. At this time the source of this attack is not fully known.

"Despite these efforts to stifle the voice of the people, United Wisconsin and its partners are not shaken. The efforts to recall Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch are continuing as planned," the group said.

The website crash came just as United Wisconsin embarks on the daunting task of collecting more than 500,000 signatures within 60 days in an effort to force a recall election.

“If Scott Walker and the Republican Party are really concerned with protecting the integrity of the recall process, they will immediately condemn the criminal cyber attack on United Wisconsin’s website and call on Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen to launch a full investigation with the assistance of the FBI," the state Democratic Party said in a statement Monday night.

“The laws of Wisconsin and the United States were clearly broken tonight in a desperate and illegal attempt to stifle the voice of the people by denying access to Wisconsinites seeking important information on how they can join our grassroots effort to recall Scott Walker," the party said. "The criminals that launched this attack must be apprehended."

At 8 p.m. Monday, the Republican Party of Wisconsin issued a statement saying it "does not condone or support any misconduct or foul play by any outside groups or rogue individuals to interfere with the recall process."

The Democratic Party said that while its website was fully operational Monday,  "our online vendors have been notified of the attack on United Wisconsin’s website and are actively monitoring our servers for suspicious activity."

235301 November 15, 2011 at 05:42 PM
Take your tinfoil hats off for a moment and realize just about anyone can pull off a DDoS attack. Who is to say this group didn't do it to themselves just to garner attention? Or that some idiot neck-beard in the server room screwed up and is blaming it on a DDoS attack? Just as likely as "the Koch brothers did it".
AWD November 15, 2011 at 07:48 PM
A cyber attack is going to be the least of their worries.
Dan Wood November 15, 2011 at 11:26 PM
I hope the "flood of fulture capitalist money" is more than the mountain of union dollars that will be shoveled into this state. I hope union members feel good about how their hard-earned money is being wasted. One more reason to keep Walker in office.
ScottieKnocker November 16, 2011 at 03:48 AM
Where was Kathy Nicholaus and her "ace" software programmers? Arrogance goes before the fall.
Waukesha Patriot November 16, 2011 at 06:45 PM
The website said it would back up in time for the start of the recall at 12:01 am. Anyone with any brains knows that when a website crashes you have no control over when it comes back online. Another lame attempt by Dems to blame GOP for something that they did. And if you want an example of what the Dems do economically Milwaukee is our very own poster child of what happens when you tax citizens to death and give sweetheart deals to PUBLIC UNION employess. Public unions are the only ones who will benefit from the recall. Those in the private sector unions who beleive in solidarity please give serious thought before you sigh those petitions and look at employment in Milwaukee and the fine state of their public schools. You too will be without a job when your companies leave Wisconsin for more business friendly states.

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