RT targeted by massive DDoS attack during attempted Turkey coup

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A massive DDoS attack was staged on the servers of the Internet service provider that provides web streaming for the RT TV channel during the coverage of Friday's attempted coup in Turkey, briefly taking the stream offline.

The channel was able to resume streaming, but the servers were attacked again after some time.

"We received a major DDoS attack when the Turkish coup started, second one from when we started streaming RT; this time HTTP headers were infested with some new code which our Firewall did not detect," a representative of the service provider told RT.

The first wave of the attack continued for about two hours while the second one lasted around an hour. The streaming is currently fully restored, while the circumstances of the attack are still being clarified.

The RT website have been targeted by a number of DDoS attacks. In September 2014, the site was subjected to the biggest DDoS attack in its history, which was repelled by its tech specialists nonetheless.

Previous attacks were launched against the site in February 2013, when RT.com ceased functioning for six hours, and in August 2012, when both RT International and RT Spanish websites were attacked. Hacker group AntiLeaks, opposing the Wikileaks project launched by Julian Assange, claimed responsibility for that attack.