MOSCOW, September 17 (RIA Novosti) - The RT news website has undergone the most powerful Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack in its history, the press service of the channel reported Wednesday.
"Thanks to the website's reliable technical protection, RT.com was unavailable just for a few minutes," the statement reads.
According to the channel's press service, RT.com has been repeatedly subjected to DDoS-attacks. One of the most powerful hacker attacks occurred on February 18, 2013. The website was unavailable for about 6 hours. In 2012 the channel's English and Spanish websites also came under attack. The attack was claimed by anti-WikiLeaks hacker group AntiLeaks.
A DDoS-attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources.
The RT network's first channel was launched in December 2005 and now consists of three global news channels broadcasting in English, Spanish and Arabic. RT has 22 bureaus in 19 countries and territories. RT reaches over 644 million people in more than 100 countries.