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Thursday, November 22, 2012

How a Hamas website avoids denial of service attacks

During the past week, I noticed that the Hamas Al Qassam terror website added a feature to combat Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS).

When going to the site, you see a five-second delay where the site is apparently checking to make sure that you are running a real browser and not a bot. Only after the check will it allow you to enter the site.

During those five seconds, we see the name of the anti-DDoS company that Hamas uses - CloudFlare.

It appears that CloudFlare is a US-based company.

Perhaps someone should see if this is legal. After all, Hamas is a US-designated terror organization, and the idea that a US company can help secure the Al Qassam Brigades seems to be not quite right.

And CloudFlare should answer why it decided to support a terror group.