Wisconsin recall website hit by cyberattack

A cyberattack against a group seeking to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has prompted calls for an investigation by the state attorney general and the FBI, The Greenfield Patch reports.

The servers of www.unitedwisconsin.com, the website of the anti-Walker group United Wisconsin, went down at around 2 p.m. Nov. 14 after the site was hit by what the group said was a distributed denial-of-service attack.

The source of the DDOS attack is not yet known. The site was up and running again six hours later, the Patch reported.

Wisconsin's Democratic Party launched an effort this week to collect signatures to put a recall of the Republican governor and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch on the ballot next year. On Monday, the party called on state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the FBI to fully investigate the cyberattack.

The state Republican Party decried the attack in a statement, saying it opposes "any misconduct or foul play by any outside groups or rogue individuals to interfere with the recall process" against Walker, who earlier this year signed into law a controversial measure stripping public employees of many collective bargaining rights.

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