deployed 3,500 watchers across the nation, and was supposed to do a parallel
vote count at 1,000 precinct commissions. Established in 2004, OPORA remains
the biggest domestic election monitoring group.
coordinator Olha Aivazovska said the denial-of-service, or DOS attacks, started
at 2 p.m. on Election Day, which subsequently forced the organization’s main
and regional websites to crash. DOS
attacks are orchestrated attempts to interrupt or suspend the work of
particular servers through the Internet. They are usually conducted by a person
or a group of people.
Aivazovska said more than 2,000 computers were taking part in the attack. But OPORA was
not the only network experiencing such problems. Several opposition figures
also reported DDOS attacks on their
websites on Oct. 28.