News is breaking that a was hit with a during the presidential debate–just weeks ahead of the July 1 election.

The affected site, run by the National Action Party (PAN), targets front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, but his party denies any involvement with the outage. The majority of traffic that caused the outage supposedly came from Russia and China, which may or may not correlate with the origin of the attack.

There are currently no clear signs of foreign hacking in Mexican campaigns, but tensions and nerves are high following the U.S. probe into Russia’s 2016 election meddling.

Jeannie Warner, Manager at Leading Application Provider WhiteHat , commented on the trend of DDoS attacks during election periods below.

Jeannie Warner, Security Manager at WhiteHat Security:

- 1x1 - Mexican Campaign Site Hit With DDoS During Final Presidential Debate

“DDoS is preventable through runtime application self-protection (RASP) or web application firewall (WAF) . I believe all services and applications fronting PII or transactional information should have some sort of application protection beyond what a next-generation firewall (NGFW) or intrusion prevention system (IPS) can offer. Additionally, because the DDoS absolutely can distract from a secondary attack, especially as an attempt to ‘cover the tracks’ of something invasive, it’s that all states and countries start prioritizing the hardening of anything having to do with the voting system.”



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