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For readers who have been experiencing interruptions of internet connexion and seeing instead notices of 404 error, the explanation is a series of denial-of-service (DOS) attacks launched against this website in an attempt to stop publication. Technical evidence reveals that the attacker began bombarding the website server about 20 minutes after a story was published last Thursday, October 27, regarding Oleg Deripaska’s latest attempts to overturn the ban on his entry to the US. Here’s the story again.

The first attack halted the server for 41 minutes. Waves of DOS attacks have been launched at the site since then.

According to Wikipedia, “although the means to carry out, motives for, and targets of a DoS attack may vary, it generally consists of the concerted efforts of a person, or multiple people to prevent an Internet site or service from functioning efficiently or at all, temporarily or indefinitely.”Wikipedia describes the general methodology of the attacks. So if you have been affected, step softly away from your machine, put on the nearest pair of gloves, and as gently as possible use a telephone to dial Moscow +7 495 720-5170. Ask to be connected to Vera Kurochkina, Rusal’s head of press. Explain to her what is happening to your machine. Whatever you do, or she says, be sure to follow this instruction (right).

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