The Ron Paul campaign has experienced media snubbing and the attempts of fellow GOP Presidential contenders to discredit everything the candidate says. The most recent unexpected hurdle came in the form of a cyberattack on a major fundraising initiative last Saturday.
According to RevoluTimes, at about 10:30 p.m. EDT the candidate’s official Facebook page was updated with the message, “The RonPaul2012.com website is under cyber attack. Our team is working to fix this as we speak. So sorry to all who have tried to make donations and could not. We’ll have more info ASAP.”
The attack, which reportedly lasted a little more than an hour, was described as a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, which overloads Web servers and causes a website to go offline. The attack took place during a campaign fundraising initiative that was being held in honor of the candidate’s birthday. Despite the disruption, the Paul campaign reported earnings of just over $1.8 million in small monetary donations.
“Our campaign is truly surging, and this is just more evidence of the strength of our grassroots support,” said Ron Paul 2012 Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton in a press release. “We’ve just come off of an impressive finish in the Iowa straw poll, and our rising poll numbers and strong fundraising proves our message is resonating with people.”
Though Paul was largely neglected by media following his second-place Iowa Straw Poll finish, smaller victories throughout the country for the campaign are making him a viable candidate. Paul reportedly won a New Hampshire Young Republicans straw poll held over the weekend, taking 45 percent of the votes cast.