While Clinton campaign faced online attack, Trump’s site faced an amusing glitch

NEW YORK, U.S. - An online attack disrupted call operations for Clinton's presidential campaign ahead of Tuesday's election.  NextGen Climate, an advocacy group that supports ...


• Online attack disrupted call operations for Clinton campaign

• Donald Trump's site featured an amusing glitch

• U.S. citizens weren’t joking, major traffic leads to Canadian immigration website crash

NEW YORK, U.S. - An online attack disrupted call operations for Clinton's presidential campaign ahead of Tuesday's election. 

NextGen Climate, an advocacy group that supports Clinton, experienced problems with its phone-dialing software on Monday following an online attack, according to Suzanne Henkels, a NextGen Climate spokeswoman.

However, although the hackers tried to knock out political call centers on Monday in an effort to "harm Clinton's chances of winning," they may have done equal damage to Republican phone lines, according to the company that was targeted.

The attack hit TCN Inc., a St. George, Utah, company that provides phone-dialing services accessible via the internet to NextGen Climate and other groups. 

The company has a number of conservative clients in addition to pro-Clinton ones, the firm's chief technology officer Jesse Bird said.

"The ironic thing is that they were probably impacting Republican calls just as much as Democrat calls," Bird said.

Hackers also attempted to hit both Trump and Clinton's official campaign websites with similar denial-of-service attacks on Monday, but no outages were reported on either site, according to security firm Flashpoint.

Meanwhile, until recently, Trump's website had an amusing glitch – it allowed online users to modify its headline text however they so pleased.

The campaign website’s home page auto-generated a default message that encouraged visitors to vote for the Trump ticket. 

But by editing the text in the page’s URL—replacing words between its “%20” notation dividers, typical URL encoding that denotes spacing—anyone could replace those words with their own message.

The glitch was eventually fixed, but not before people went crazy on the website, many using the poop emoji in the website header, before the end of one of the most controversial presidential campaigns in U.S. history.

Incidentally, it seems like U.S. citizens weren’t joking after all when they declared that they would make the move to Canada in case of a Trump presidency.

And right on time, they lived up to their word - overloading the Canadian immigration website with massive traffic - leading to the website crashing.

Canada's informational website on immigration and citizenship began experiencing repeated outages as more and more states called it for Donald Trump. 

Further, Google is said to have witnessed a spike in searches from the region on how to “move to Canada” and “immigrate to Canada.”

Canada was also trending on Twitter with about 1 million tweets about the nation.

In recent months, not only have common citizens threatened to move to Canada, but celebrities like Lena Dunham and Whoopi Goldberg too have made the claim.

New Zealand too was also a popular destination for Americans mulling the move. 

New Zealand’s residency and immigration site, New Zealand Now said that it had received 1,593 registrations from U.S. citizens since November 1.

This, it said was 50 percent more than any regular month for New Zealand.

Incidentally, searches for the word “emigrate” also jumped in the United States at around the same time. 

Now is that just a coincidence?

 

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