Las Vegas Sun: Cyberattack Behind Website Outage

Officials at the Las Vegas Sun say a cyberattack crashed their website for several hours on Oct. 15.

The publisher of the website and its sister sites says the outage started a little after 6 a.m., and was under control by about 10 a.m., and that it’s unknown who’s behind it. The newspaper’s site has experienced similar attacks multiple times in the past year.

The outage was described as a Distributed Denial of Service attack involving a hacker commanding a fleet of remotely controlled computers to flood a website with traffic, preventing the system from processing legitimate requests. Users visiting a hacked site would see a blank page.