And so the Zimmerman saga continues. Yesterday the Buckeye Firearms Association announced that they had raised enough money to purchase a new firearm for George Zimmerman. But in an email to The Daily Caller Director of Marketing and Communications Dean Rieck revealed that their website had been shut down after a massive hacking attempt.
“Our IT guy says it’s a ‘denial of service’ or DoS attack. This is not the ordinary ‘hack’ attack that we’ve experienced many times in the past,” Rieck said.” A DoS attack involves using significant resources to bombard a server to temporarily or permanently disrupt service.”
Rieck went on to discuss the extent of the damage wreaked by the attackers, which went far beyond the websites.
“This attack was so overwhelming, it took down the entire company that hosts our website. Thousands of IP addresses have been caught up in the digital bloodshed,” he lamented. “Shortly after all the company servers went down, their power went down. And our IT guy says his cell phone service vanished.”
The Daily Caller notes that a DoS attack is usually an artificial call for content resulting in an overwhelming amount of server requests. It is designed to disable the targeted servers or cripple the servers so that content is delivered so slowly it makes the website unusable.
Currently there aren’t any leads on the responsible party but Rieck believes it correlates directly to the fundraising.
“We don’t yet know where this attack came from, but we find it hard to believe that it is a coincidence that it’s happening at the very moment a story went national about raising funds to enable George Zimmerman to purchase a new firearm after Eric Holder and the DOJ decided to prevent him from getting his personal property back,” he said.
This unfortunate turn of events for Zimmerman, who in the eyes of some is public enemy number one, is what prompted the Buckeye Firearms Association to start a fund to replace his concealed carry weapon.
Aside from the DoS attack, the fundraiser was a huge success for Zimmerman. The group raised a total of $12,657.48, which amounted to a net of $12,150.37 after PayPal transaction fees had been deducted. That’s easily enough money to get Zimmerman a quality handgun, holster, flashlight, ammo and whatever accessories he may want.
“We received 774 donations from 48 states, plus Australia, Lithuania, New South Wales, and Switzerland. Donations ranged from $1 to $100, with the average being $16.35,” said Rieck, when discussing where all the money came from in a press release.
It’s unfortunate that the Buckeye Firearm Association has to suffer a blow to their website after raising money for Zimmerman. Hacking and taking down a website is not the proper retaliation against a man who was acquitted of all crime, despite what the media wants you to believe.