Dem NY-23 prospect – no proof of fundraising claim GOP tried to hack her website

October 12, 2013 0 Comments

Martha Robertson, the Emily’s List supported plus significant concern DCCC prospect inside the upstate NY-23 swing district, prepared an inflammatory fundraising pitch about September 30 which “GOP ops” had been “caught” struggling to take down her website found on the last day of the fundraising Quarter.

To counter this alleged GOP attempt to take down her website, Robertson urged recipients of her blast e-mail at 6:28 p.m. to go to her fundraising page to donate, or to at minimum to call a quantity to donate by phone.

… our internet manager simply caught GOP ops striving to shut down my webpage! I cannot believe it!

They learn you have lower than 6 hours left to the main deadline at midnight! I want the assist to fight back. Please visit the link under to aid me reach the objective. We are really $6,520 brief.

Legal Insurrection broke the story.  We were suspicious plus forced for proof within the Robertson campaign, however were met with a stone wall of silence for the previous 10 days.  The local media then picked up found on the story, yet nevertheless silence from Robertson.

Finally, regional media went to a Democratic Party county fundraiser last night at that Robertson was expected to talk, but Robertson had been a no show.

Instead, her campaign transferred out Nate Shinagawa, her campaign Chair, to talk to reporters.  Shinagawa didn't claim to have proof which “GOP ops” were behind her alleged webpage issues, a lot less which these “GOP ops” had been “caught” because her fundraising solicitation advertised.

Instead, Shinagawa just mentioned there were 9 SQL injections attacks recognized by the internet host simply following 3 p.m. about September 25 plus which none of the attacks had any impact found on the site.

This raises the query why the campaign might send an e-mail 3 hours following the alleged attacks declaring “GOP ops” had been “caught” whenever there was clearly no these evidence as well as the attacks caused no problems:

Via WETM inside Elmira, NY:

Robertson Campaign Chairman Nate Shinagawa talked with WETM-TV outside a Democratic Committee Fundraiser inside Corning Friday evening. Robertson herself was expected to talk at the event, however Shinagawa mentioned she was going after the fundraising period which ended September 30th.

It was with all the end of which fundraising period where the present condition began. According to Shinagawa, about September 30th, before 4:00 p.m., the Robertson campaign was alerted by their internet master which there had been 9 SQL injection attacks found on the campaign’s site between 2:42  p.m. plus 3:01 p.m. Shinagawa mentioned the attack was manual rather of automated, plus called it “interesting” it occurred about a final fundraising day. He didn't, still, state the attack was carried out by GOP operatives….

The campaign then transferred an email to supporters, declaring the attack was the function of “GOP ops”, asking supporters to donate, plus including a phone quantity for those to call when they had any issues with all the website. In the email the campaign wrote, “Our internet manager really caught GOP ops struggling to shut down my site! I cannot believe it! They recognize you have lower than 6 hours left to the main deadline at midnight! I require a assist to fight back.”  ….

When asked regarding the charge from Congressman Tom Reed’s campaign which she return the income raised within the email, Shinagawa mentioned the campaign had no plans to do thus.

Shinagawa had not responded to many requests from Legal Insurrection for an explanation, however did email you the link last evening to the WETM story.

I have emailed Shinagawa this morning looking the logs he apparently offered to tv media, considering his explanation of the SQL injection attack appears very exaggerated, according to Legal Insurrection’s url consultant, Andy LoCascio, whom has a lot of experience inside webpage safety issues:

While it absolutely will be potential which an SQL injection may stop all or piece of the url from working, it is very simple to identify plus fix. The IP addresses inside the host log is traced back to the source of the attack. For such an attack to be efficient, the website might have to be improperly configured or maintained. These attacks plus synonymous tries to hack into websites are routine. A review of the whole host log might discover many of tries to access the content. If somebody actually sought to take the website down, they might have organized for a DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack. This actually appears to be an opportune employ of the usual host matter.

It’s fair to assume which when the Robertson campaign had proof which the GOP was behind the alleged hacking, Shinagawa might have presented it.

We can continue to follow this story till the Robertson campaign comes clean plus either presents proof the GOP was behind the alleged hack attempt, or admits it produced the charge of GOP participation without any evidence.


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