Cuban dictatorship launches cyberattacks against dissident website Diario de Cuba

From our Bureau of Socialist Open-Mindedness, Dialogue, and Social Justice

Ever since last week Diario de Cuba, which is based in Madrid, has been under constant attack by agents of Castro, Inc. The country or countries from which these attacks are being launched remains unclear, since they are using a VPN. But the first few attacks all came from a Chinese IPN address. Subsequently, attacks also originated in Russia, Ukraine, and Pakistan.

These attacks have made it difficult for the web site to be accessed by Cubans in Castrogonia. One must assume that this is how the current dictatorship interprets Papa Che’s call for “dialogue.”

Loosely translated from Diario de Cuba

DIARIO DE CUBA has been undergoing an unprecedented cyberattack since last week, the worst in its 11 years of existence. The actions against our website began after the peaceful protests on the island and are part of the Havana regime’s attempt to nullify independent journalism.

“The attack must be seen in the same light as internet censorship on the island. They are a single phenomenon of censorship; they are the regime’s attempt to silence journalism that it does not control, to silence critical voices,” said Pablo Díaz Espí. , director of DIARIO DE CUBA.

The cyberattack added to the censorship suffered by DIARIO DE CUBA within the Island. Our website cannot be read within the country without the use of VPNs (virtual private network).

According to the technical team of this newspaper, since last week the DDC servers were overloaded by entry attempts of dubious reputation: over a quarter of a million attempts every 24 hours. As a result of denial of service attacks, our website runs somewhat slowly.

Faced with the situation, DDC hired the services of a company specialized in detecting so-called bots or robots to find out which user is valid and which is suspicious.

DDC users now see a captcha (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart, in English) when entering our website. It is a challenge-response test controlled by machines that are used to determine when the user is a human and when it is an automatic program.

The implementation of captcha has made it difficult for users to read us from Cuba through VPNs. The technical team explained that this is because the cyber attack uses the same VPNs.

“We will minimize the inconvenience to the extent that they forward or control threats. In 11 years we had not had such a brutal attack volume. We put up a shield that we are polishing so that readers can continue reading us,” added our technical team.

Although initially there were reports of computer denial of service attacks from IP (internet protocol) from China, Russia, Ukraine and Pakistan, our technicians clarify that the use of VPNs prevents knowing for sure where cyberattacks originate.

DIARIO DE CUBA denounces the cyber attack on its website. The Havana regime is bothered by this newspaper, read inside and outside the island by Cubans in general, intellectuals, diplomats, researchers, and study groups interested in the reality that attempts to disguise the official propaganda, in particular after the peaceful protests that began on last July 11 and the repression with which the regime has responded.

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