Key Point: How did 22,000 people watch the complete remarks of a speech before it was given?
The timeline of Rick Perry's campaign explanation for the website “political sabotage” and the explanation from Anthony Kukla of Redglue, Inc. — the campaigns tech campaigns — don't add up. At all.
- At 11:30am, the Perry's remarks were schedule to begin.
- However, at 11:20am, their site was attacked (according to their web guy).
- Yet, the Perry campaign claims that 22,000 people saw the remarks before the attack — which occurred at 11:20am, before any remarks had been made.
Allow me to expand on that….
Here's the explanation from Red Glue — which I think is totally plausible:
Kukla described it as a denial-of-service attack called a SYN flood. He said it occurred around 11:20 a.m., ten minutes before Perry was to start his announcement.
Kukla explained that such an attack fakes a massive number of users trying to connect to the server, with the goal of tying it up. He said the attack was flagged by the company's firewall system, traffic was shut down and then connections were re-set.
He said the problem was wrapped up within 10 minutes. Kukla said there's no chance that there were simply too many people trying to sign on. He said the server could have handled anything that was thrown at it.
Sounds perfectly reasonable, right? Well, the timeline doesn't match.
Remember this — from Rick Perry spokesperson Mark Miner — where he said that 22,000 people saw Perry speak before the attacks:
This planned and coordinated attack was political sabotage, and we are working to identify those responsible for this illegal activity. Before the attack was initiated, more than 22,000 users were able to log in and view Gov. Perry's complete remarks, which will be distributed shortly.
“Before the attack” would be before 11:20am — so how did 22,000 people see remarks that hadn't been made yet?
Rick Perry's campaign team appears to be swinging a big bat — saying whatever they want — and asking questions later. You can't trust a campaign team like that.
The timeline still doesn't add up. Questions remain unanswered — and it looks like Rick Perry's campaign team got caught telling stories.