On Sunday, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton endorsed a new political media platform via Twitter. However, her exclamatory endorsement of the platform, known as Verrit, was short lived: The platform was apparently immediately hit by a cyberattack, forcing the website offline.
Clinton announced her personal support for the new and relatively-unknown Verrit website, which is described as a “media platform for the 65.8 million” voters who supported Clinton in last November’s presidential election, to her followers over the weekend. According to its information page, Verrit aims to organize supporters of the former first lady by providing them with verified facts.
The platform is reeking with obvious bias and it also funded a number of organizations that are currently campaigning against President Trump, according to a Recode report.
However, soon after Clinton made this weekend’s public endorsement on Twitter, the start-up’s founder, and former Clinton advisor, Peter Daou, announced that Verrit had been forced offline after experiencing a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. This type of cyberattack occurs when an internet service is intentionally overwhelmed by traffic from various sources, making it a common method of digital assaults.
“Hilary Clinton endorsed @Verrit, our new media platform, an hour ago and we’ve already been subjected to a denial-of-service attack,” Daou posted via Twitter on Sunday evening. Despite the alleged cyberattack, Daou said his site had attracted over 11,000 new followers in the two hours after Clinton voiced her support for the platform.
In July, Clinton previously used Twitter to promote the famous slogan, “Nasty Woman,” inflicted on her by President Trump on T-shirt products.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 3, 2017
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) September 4, 2017
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