Cape Town - BizNews.com publisher Alec Hogg believes a cyber attack on his site on Monday evening and Tuesday might be linked to his scoop on the R200bn Belvedere Ponzi scam.
"My experience suggests it has something to do with our stories on the Belvedere Ponzi scandal involving Capetonian Cobus Kellermann and his Mauritius-based partner David Cosgrove," Hogg said in a story on his site. "All in a day’s work, perhaps, when one crosses swords with billionaire Ponzi scheme operators."
He said Biznews.com was subjected to a malicious cyber attack by IP address –18.104.22.168 – which belongs to Europ Assistance.
"[It] hit the site with tens of thousands of queries – described by our technical team as a flood of 'rubbish traffic – attempting to perform a denial of service attack'.” The IP address used for the attack resides with Internet Solutions, a subsidiary of Dimension Data, itself a subsidiary of Japanese giant NTT.
"Biznews is hosted with a major service provider offshore behind some of the best protection money can buy. But even they struggled to identify why an IP address from 'South Africa, Gauteng, Alberton' hit both of our servers with over 100 000 queries in a matter of minutes."
Hogg wrote on his newsletter on Wednesday that it was virtually impossible to get into the back end.
"Our guru said he'd seen episodes like this launched from China and Russia, but never before from a local IP address. It slowed the site down to a crawl," he wrote.
"Thankfully, most of the country was focused on the cricket. But I still hope Internet Solutions puts its sleuths onto tracking down the perpetrators."
BizNews.com also publishes some of its top stories on Fin24, which has published Hogg's series on the Ponzi scheme.