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Newsweek Site Suffered DDoS Attack After Trump Report

Initial investigations indicate Russian hackers could be behind the denial-of-service attack which temporarily brought the magazine's site down.

Newsweek's website suffered a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack after it broke the story that US presidential candidate Donald Trump’s company had violated a trade embargo on Cuba, reports TPM quoting Newsweek editor-in-chief Jim Impoco.

A probe into the hack continues, but initial examination of the rogue IP addresses indicate that they originate from Russia, but they also could be spoofed, according to Newsweek.

"As with any DDoS attack, there are lots of IP addresses, but the main ones are Russian, though that in itself does not prove anything," said Impoco.

The trending story by Newsweek’s Kurt Eichenwald caught national attention and had increased traffic to the site, reports TPM. The DDoS attack on the site happened soon thereafter.

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