WASHINGTON (CNN) – RickPerry.org, the official re-election Web site of Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry was hacked Tuesday during a live Web broadcast, his campaign claimed. The site went down for approximately 10 minutes at 11:20 a.m. central time.
"Today's 'Talkin' Texas' webcast by Gov. Perry was deliberately interrupted by a denial-of-service attack, preventing countless users from logging in to view the Governor's remarks," Rick Perry Spokesman Mark Miner said in a statement e-mailed to reporters. "This planned and coordinated attack was political sabotage, and we are working to identify those responsible for this illegal activity."
Pressed on whether or not he thought the campaign of Perry's Republican primary opponent Kay Bailey Hutchison was behind the "sabotage," Miner responded: "I hope not. I hope they would not be that stupid."
The Hutchison campaign denied being behind the attack and aides said that they are "skeptical" Perry's site was even hacked.
In a statement provided to CNN, Hutchison spokeswoman Jennifer Baker wrote, "What an embarrassing campaign launch. I'm sure the governor is hacked, but we are skeptical their site was. After all, Rick Perry isn't exactly a stranger when it comes to arrogantly blaming others for his mistakes."
Jim Dempsey - the vice president for public policy at the Center for Democracy and Technology, a non-partisan Internet policy organization - said he did not believe a political opponent would have engineered the attack.
"That would be political suicide," he said. "That is Watergate of the 21st century. It is not as easy to cover your tracks in cyberspace."
Anthony Kukla, the president of Redglue, Inc., the company that manages the servers and network for Perry's campaign site, said such attacks "are usually 100 percent intentional and 100 percent targeted."
Although he said such attacks are becoming increasingly common, when pressed on who might have been behind the "sabotage," Kukla replied, "It could be anybody. Who knows? Hackers can be some 13-year-old kid."