September 29th, 2009
05:51 PM ET
5 years ago

Perry camp claims Web site hacked as act of 'political sabotage'

The Perry's campaign Web site that was hacked earlier today.
The Perry's campaign Web site that was hacked earlier today.

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."


Filed under: Kay Bailey Hutchison • Rick Perry
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. We Won Get Over It

    They ought to take him and the rest of the crooked, common bunch of republicans that are secretly urging people to kill Obama and send them to a desert island and let them govern themselves. There would be nothing but chaos for now to kingdom come. They would tear each other apart trying to be the ONE IN CHARGE.

    September 29, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    It must have been Bush and the GOP who hacked the site, that is who we are still blaming for everything wrong in the world right?

    September 29, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Death Assurance Companies

    Couldnt happen to a nicer guy.But I dont think it was Kay,shes much to smart for him and doesnt need any help to beat him.This was probably his own people using a false flag.

    September 29, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Keith in Austin

    Perry is our current Governor and will remain so! He is a man of conservative values and convictions. A true Texas thru and thru!

    September 29, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Ruty

    Rick Perry is a typical Texan =horses butt.

    September 29, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. Randy

    They did not have a Good Anti-Virus.

    Norton from Symantec is recommended.

    September 29, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  7. miguel

    Hutchison needs a new spokesperson. What an unpleasant woman Ms. Baker is.

    Why couldn't she respond like a human being, e.g., "We're sorry to hear Mr. Perry's website was hacked. Of course we had nothing to do with it."

    September 29, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  8. Obeah

    Gov. perry is a hack>

    September 29, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. Liberal4Obama

    LoL... I doubt that it happened but if it did it couldn't have happened to a better guy ;-)

    September 29, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. Mike in Texas

    The governor of Texas has little power anyways.. It is the Texas legislative branch that has the true power. Perry won with less than 40% of the vote in 2006. I am a Texan and do not support him. You all talk about Obama trying to run our lives read the following:

    Bypassing the Legislature, Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed an order Friday making Texas the first state to require that schoolgirls get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.

    Hypocrite Rick Perry.

    September 29, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  11. AntiRush

    I know George W. Bush had nothing to do with this. He thinks that you hack a computer by taking a machete to it.

    September 29, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. victim of republican greed

    Bush has to have a bumper sticker that says, "If you thought I was a bad governor, wait until you see Rick."

    September 29, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  13. dwighthuth

    Sounds like a typical Republican based attack, cause the problem then blame the problem on someone else and then tell the people that your party is the solution and that if you vote for them then there will not be any more problems like a website getting hacked, it really isn't politics, it's called "I cannot come up with any new idea's to put on the table for America to build from so I will hack my own site, say the Democrats orchastrated the attack and label them as terrorist's, sign a book deal and live the rest of my life from cover to cover in someone else's lies." Typical Republican silver tongued two faced give talk.

    September 29, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Gerry

    Don't tell anybody but Bush is also responsable for the TSUNAMI today.

    September 29, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. Amanda

    That secessionist idiot ! Who cares !

    September 29, 2009 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. fiscalfighter

    Probably was a proud American worker, downsized by corporate thug Republicans in the name of profits. Must have had a little time on his hands. Good to see him put it to good use.

    September 29, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  17. Mike Dallas

    Oh please, most of Pompadour Perry's followers were napping anyway, and even if they were listening, they need an ear trumpet, not the internet!

    September 29, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  18. Farrell in Houston

    He deserved to be hacked, the nerve of Gov. Rick Perry threatening succession while our troops from Texas are serving in Iraq and Afghan. He should be kicked out of politics for the rest of his sorry life.

    September 29, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  19. once upon a horse

    I live in Texas, metro Houston in fact and I think Perry is about the biggest IDIOT one can have as a govenor...not a real big fan of Kay Bailey either but if I had to have a choice I would take her over him in a heartbeat. In fact to be honest with you I would rather have GW Bush back. The BEST gov we had during my period of living here in the reddest state in the union has passed on to a greater reward. God Bless you Miss Ann!

    September 29, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Whine, whine, whine. Blame your opponents.

    The site probably went down because of some innocuous technical failure – or perhaps Rick Perry's IT guys are a bunch of doofuses.

    September 29, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. Barbara Independent in NY

    Would anyone really want to hack the website of this loon? He's become the male counterpart for Palin.

    September 29, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  22. Larry

    Perry probably did it himself ... just for a little headline attention

    Who else on this planet even cares what he says ???

    September 29, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  23. Cheryl Tx

    RickPerry.org went down for approximately 10 minutes at 11:20 a.m. central time.**Perry is still Down

    September 29, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  24. bawana

    who cares about rick perry other than rick perry? what a jerk,,a complete egomaniac who thinks he deserves his position in life i hope and pray that this jerk never gets to be president,,,i am from texas and am ashamed of that,,look we have had some the worst presidents ever come from this state,,,bush1 and 2 and johnson all of them war-pigs,,lets not have presidents from texas for awhile please

    September 29, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  25. Jeff in Virginia

    Lieberman pulled off the same stunt in '06. His site went down, he blamed his opposition. Turned out that the site went down due to incompetence on Lieberman's own staff.

    Why is it that the 'embattled' candidate ends up with his site down?

    September 29, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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