Lieberman's dog gets fleas -- Joe blames Lamont
It's a beautiful sunny day in Meriden, CT and as I pulled into the Sheraton Hotel and made my way to Lamont blogger HQ, the first thing I heard is that the Lieberman campaign managed to lose their web site last night and that they're blaming Ned Lamont's campaign for the nefarious act.
So far their ludicrous and pathetic allegations have gotten over five straight minutes on CNN today, MSNBC has picked up the "story" and the Associated Press is reporting on it as well.
"If Ned Lamont has a backbone in his body, he will call on these people to cease and desist," Lieberman Barking Head Sean Smith said. "Voters cannot go to our Web site. They cannot access information. It is a deliberate attempt to disenfranchise voters."
Marion Steinfels, a Lieberman campaign spokeswoman said that the attack was a denial of service attack designed by the Lamont team to bring down joe2006.com.
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I should say that I do not blog for a living. My corporate day job -- hey, the bills must be paid -- is as head of Internet Security for a major ad agency in New York City. I have 20 years of computer security background and I can tell you a couple of things as a matter of fact about this incident.
If Lieberman's people or his Internet service provider have tracked down the attack enough to blame it on Ned Lamont, they must, as a matter of technical fact, know something about who launched the action and from where. If this is true, why donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t they just go arrest this person and clear all of this up?
Where's the proof?
Second, if it really is a denial of service attack -- in which a web site is bombarded with so much traffic that legitimate users cannot get through -- and Lieberman's techies are not actually sitting in the room where the server is located, how can they put up their little update notices that we have sporadically seen? If people on the web can't remotely get to the Lieberman site, neither can they.
Earth to Team Joe: At least get your goofy story straight before you lob it out there.
So their entire claim doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t withstand even the most minimal technical scrutiny.
But to save the Lieberman campaign time -- after all, they are kinda, sorta fellow Democrats -- I'm going to provide you with their Lamont accusations from now until the Connecticut polls close at 8:00 PM EDT.
3:00. Joe will be locked out of his campaign vehicle and, despite seeing the keys that a staffer left inside the lobbyist-provided SUV, will demand that "Ned Lamont stop these attacks on my campaign vehicle fleet."