The “Christmas without Amazon” petition targeted by a cyberattack

A Christmas window display (illustrative image). – Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP/SIPA

The petition launched Tuesday by politicians and associations for
a “Christmas without Amazon” was the victim of a “large-scale cyberattack”, denounced Thursday two of its initiators, Matthieu Orphelin (ex-LREM) and François Ruffin (LFI).

The two deputies plan to file a complaint. Outsmarted after “long hours of work”, the attack was perpetrated during the night of Tuesday to Wednesday “through 218 servers belonging to the same person whose identity could be found”, they detail in a communicated. “This person is the director of several IT companies, specializing in” e-reputation “, marketplace, lobbying and e-marketing, and has been certified Amazon Web Services”, a sort of label granted by the group to many professionals, affirm- they.

An “obstacle” to the right to petition

According to the deputies, “several tens of thousands of fraudulent contributions were added, in an attempt to overload the server hosting the petition in order to make it inaccessible and to deteriorate the count and the database of the signatories”.

“This attack constitutes an obvious obstacle to the right to petition. It is also an attempt to interfere in the public debate in order to break a dynamic of citizen mobilization, on the very sensitive subject of the development of Amazon in France and the promotion of its alternatives ”, believe- they.

25.000 signatures

Left-wing elected officials and environmentalists like Anne Hidalgo (PS) or Eric Piolle (EELV), personalities from the world of culture and associations joined in this petition, to commit themselves not to use the Amazon platform during the Christmas time. It had been signed Thursday afternoon by some 25,000 people.

The petitioners, who paint a grim picture of the social, fiscal and environmental consequences of Amazon’s development, plead to favor the use of local shops or the circular economy for Christmas gifts. This, while the opening of small shops is suspended to the evolution of the health situation in the face of the coronavirus epidemic.

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