The website of Florida Republican attorney general candidate Holly Benson was targeted by cyber crooks last Monday, without causing any major damage, according to campaign spokeswoman Kristen Bridges.
The campaign's webmaster called it a brute force attack where the perpetrators try to crash the site. An investigation is ongoing, Bridges said.
“[H]ollybenson.com was the victim of a brute force attack where one or more individuals attempted to overload the server with the purpose of taking it offline,” Sean Doughtie, Benson's new media campaign consultant, told The Palm Beach Post. “We quickly identified the issue, narrowed the source of the attack, and were able to restore access with little downtime. At no time was the security of the website breached, and no information was compromised. We are conducting an ongoing investigation with regard to the source and the intent of the attack on the website.”
Last month, the campaign website of Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, another Republican attorney general hopeful, was hacked. The perpetrator was able to access the calender and email, and began canceling campaign events.