June 14, 2002 2:20 PM PDT

FoxNews.com disabled by attack

The home page for Fox News was hit by a denial-of-service attack Friday, leaving the site periodically inaccessible, the company has confirmed.

As of 11:30 a.m. PST, News Corp.'s FoxNews.com was noticeably altered, with graphics and advertisements missing. Links to news stories still worked, but often the site's home page was inaccessible.

A Fox News representative confirmed that the site was the victim of a denial-of-service (DoS) attack but did not say how long the site had been crippled or what the company is doing to address the problem. The representative said Fox News noticed the DoS problems midday Thursday.

On Thursday, Walt Disney's ABCNews.com and ESPN.com also suffered outages throughout the day that mostly were fixed by Friday. Disney spokeswoman Kim Kerscher declined to comment on the nature of the outages. However, sources close to ABCNews.com and ESPN.com said the outages were the result of a denial-of-service attack.

DoS attacks are computerized assaults that weaken a Web site by targeting its network hardware, such as its servers. The most common type of attack occurs when a computer floods a Web site with such an overflow of useless data that the site shuts down because of its inability to process all of the junk requests.

Media sites frequently have been targets of these types of attacks. The worst came in February 2000 when sites such as Yahoo, CNN.com and Amazon.com were taken offline by a widespread attack.


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Failure to reach your web page
I have been unable to reach your Sundays best web page. I would bet money that the Democratic party is involved some how. They and the liberal media will stop at nothing to keep the American public from hearing the other side. Keep up the good work!
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I reply on Fox News to get straight news. Other news organizations will use whatever to promote their political agenda. The DNC must learn that the majority of Americans are not with them despite their control over some "Major" news networks.
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DOS attack
It was probably done by republicans. They are so devious, they would be willing to attack a friendly site so they could blame it on the Democrats
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I am sending this everywhere and anywhere I can, because I am so disgusted. Sorry if I'm not following your proper format.

I have anxiously been awaiting the return of my son from Operation Enduring Freedom for a year now.
He told me when to make my flights to and from Fayetteville. Unfortunately the replacements have not shown up in Afghanistan, therefore he will not be returning at the time he expected.
US Airlines has told me I will have to loose 100 dollars from the ticket I purchased, and that then i will have to purchase another ticket.
Maybe I'm confused or something, but isnt my son over there to make the skies a little friendlier?Isnt what he is doing in Afghanistan supposed to insure the safety of the US Air flights?
Something really stinks here. I wonder why my son is risking his life for these people or for the USA, when they feel it is fair to make money off of the fact that my son is not returning on time.
This not only shows that maybe my son was fighting for a cause that no one but the soldiers care about, but also that duty and country come after money for most of our corporate America.
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Enough For Now
For Fox's portrayal of what simply is not the news has taken a toll on the American people.It is more of a bias and you know who I am for sort of game show.I trust you will move toward a more perfect people when you are no longer a popular choice.
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