Islamabad: Pakistan’s known and popular private news channel Geo News’s website is inoperative since Friday evening after it was attacked with Denial of Service (DoS). The channel was banned in Pakistan after Gen. Musharraf imposed emergency on November 03.
DoS attack means that a lot of hits are artificially made to strike a website in such a manner that even a very powerful computer server is left unable to cope with the artificially boosted hits’ traffic.
‘A type of attack on a network that is designed to bring the network to its knees by flooding it with useless traffic’ according to webopedia.
Geo News was a reliable, internationally known, source for fresh news and events from Pakistan. It has been quoted by all major international news agencies and media outlets when reporting about Pakistan.
‘We are under terrorist attack. Why are we being terrorized?’ asks the website which, they say, will be put online soon as the experts and engineers are working on it.
The ongoing political tension, growing militancy, rapidly changing situations, political activities and ban on all private news channels and other reliable sources have given a chance to news websites to attract more attention. So the website of Geo News has remained a good place where fresh news and stories could be found.
The ban on media outlets has been condemned by Pakistan’s all political parties, civil socities, media organisations and international communities.