Author: Washington post
Image: Police block anti-government protesters from marching in Managua, Nicaragua, on April 17. (Alfredo Zuniga/AP)
May 3 was World Press Freedom Day, and nowhere is that date more significant than at the Managua, Nicaragua, offices of La Prensa, the redoubtable 93-year-old newspaper that has stood up to dictatorships in that country since the days of the Somoza family dynasty.
As if to mark — or spoil — the occasion, La Prensa’s enemies chose May 3 to launch a cyberattack on its website.
About 11,000 requests per second tried to overwhelm it and deny access to readers both in Nicaragua and abroad. La Prensa managed to fend off the attack, whose precise origin remains unproved, though La Prensa has its well-founded suspicions. In a characteristically witty editorial, the paper noted the initials for such a distributed denial-of-service attack — DDOS — correspond to “De [from] Daniel Ortega Saavedra.”