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Hackers disrupt online election

CBC News reports that hackers apparently used a "distributed denial of service" attack to disrupt the (Canadian) National Democratic Party's election of its party leader.

A distributed denial of service attack is basically like this: You somehow commandeer a number of telephones and then have all those phones dial the same number. Because the target phone is constantly ringing, legitimate callers have a hard time getting through. In a denial of service attack, one or more computers bombard a target website with requests for information, so that the target is overwhelmed.

I am not sure if this was an attack aimed at the NDP election or part of the world-wide problems caused over the weekend by the Slammer worm. Either way, it shows some of the vulnerabilities of Internet voting.