7th Nov 2016
Wikileaks released a second batch of emails from the Democratic National Committee early Monday morning, even as it came under an online attack.
The site claims to have suffered a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack designed to — and briefly successful at — knocking the site offline. That attack came around the same time that Wikileaks released the new emails.
Wikileaks immediately drew a connection between the release of the new information and the attack.
“Our email publication servers are under a targeted DoS attack since releasing #DNCLeak2,” tweeted the official Wikileaks account, following a link to a donations page to help it “increase capacity.”Denial of service attacks flood sites with so much internet traffic they can no longer operate properly.
The new DNC emails released by Wikileaks total 8,263.
In one, DNC press representative Lauren Dillon lists more than 40 different potential Republican vice presidential picks that the party had considered preparing for. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump‘s pick, Mike Pence, did not make the list.
The DNC’s Republican vice president considerations were divided into four tiers with a fifth tier of those no longer being considered as candidates. The brunt of the names are on the “nixed” list, which includes Ben Carson, Jon Kasich, Jan Brewer, Jesse Ventura and others.
The first round of DNC emails lead to the resignation of several party officials, including former head Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Some of those emails appeared to show the party colluding to help nominate Hillary Clinton win the Democratic primary over Bernie Sanders.