Virtual sit-in

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A virtual sit-in is a form of electronic civil disobedience deriving its name from the sit-ins popular during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. The virtual sit-in attempts to recreate that same action digitally using a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDOS). During a virtual sit-in, hundreds of activists attempt to access a target website simultaneously and repetitively. If performed correctly, this will cause the target website to run slowly or even collapse entirely, preventing anyone from accessing it.[1][2]


On Thursday May 1, 1998, Ricardo Dominguez and Stefan Wray held a virtual sit-in in which they decided to attack the World Economic Forum (WEF). They did this to support their particular beliefs against anti-globalization.[3] With over 160,000 people who attended the virtual sit-in for reasons that they could not take to the streets of New York City protest. More than 40,000 also downloaded software which made a DDOS attack easier was also recorded.[4] The attack lasted all of Thursday and Friday night.

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  1. ^ Goodin, Dan (9 April 2010). "'Virtual sit-in' tests line between DDoS and free speech". Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  2. ^ Delany, Colin (17 May 2010). "DC Activists Stage "Virtual Sit-in" on Local Politician's Facebook Pages". Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  3. ^ Weber, Jessica (30 December 2013). "Virtual Sit-in". Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  4. ^ Shachtman, Noah (6 February 2002). "Hacktivists Stage Virtual Sit-In at WEF Web site". Retrieved 22 June 2017.