Prolexic Defends Dominican Republic Central Electoral Board Against DDoS Attacks

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Prolexic, the global leader in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services, today announced that it has mitigated a number of attacks directed at the web site of Junta Central Electoral (JCE), the central electoral board of the Dominican Republic during a recent general election.

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“Politically motivated DDoS attacks are increasingly common and are often timed to coincide with high profile events such as elections or executed in response to specific government actions,” said Stuart Scholly, president at Prolexic.

Prolexic, the global leader in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services, today announced that it has mitigated a number of attacks directed at the web site of Junta Central Electoral (JCE), the central electoral board of the Dominican Republic during a recent general election.

A DDoS attack uses multiple sources, often from compromised desktop systems (also known as a botnet), to flood a target system with legitimate looking requests. The target system is overwhelmed causing infrastructure failure and the inability to service normal users.

In the weeks before the general election, which took place on May 20, 2012, JCE realized its web site (http://www.jce.gob.do/) could be a potential target for a DDoS attack. As a preemptive measure, it secured DDoS detection and DDoS protection services from Prolexic on May 8, 2012.

As expected, on the day of the general election (May 20), Prolexic’s Security Operations Center engineers detected a high amount of traffic targeting one of the JCE’s virtual IPs. Within minutes, Prolexic security engineers created DDoS mitigation filters to block the attack. The attacker then launched a Layer 7 (application layer) attack, which was also blocked.

“Politically motivated DDoS attacks are increasingly common and are often timed to coincide with high profile events such as elections or executed in response to specific government actions,” said Stuart Scholly, president at Prolexic. “The key to minimizing disruption is being proactive and putting DDoS protection in place ahead of time.”

Despite significant attempts to bring down JCE’s web site, good communication between Prolexic’s security engineers and Daniel Joseph from JCE defeated these attacks.

About Prolexic
Prolexic is the world’s largest, most trusted Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation provider. Able to absorb the largest and most complex attacks ever launched, Prolexic restores mission-critical Internet-facing infrastructures for global enterprises and government agencies within minutes. Ten of the world’s largest banks and the leading companies in e-Commerce, SaaS, payment processing, travel/hospitality, gaming and other at-risk industries rely on Prolexic to protect their businesses. Founded in 2003 as the world’s first in-the-cloud DDoS mitigation platform, Prolexic is headquartered in Hollywood, Florida and has scrubbing centers located in the Americas, Europe and Asia. To learn more about how Prolexic can stop DDoS attacks and protect your business, please visit http://www.prolexic.com, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Google+ or follow @Prolexic on Twitter.
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