Cyberattack in Gay Marriage Battle
California campaigners call FBI after alleged cyberinvasion crashes site
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2008 6:23 AM CDT
Richie Beanan from Los Angeles, puts a sign on a bus that will tour California in support of Proposition 8. after a rally in Sacramento, Calif., on Monday, Oct. 20, 2008.    (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)
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(Newser) – Campaigners seeking to keep gay marriage legal in California say a sophisticated cyberattack crashed their website, the Wall Street Journal reports. The group has complained to the FBI that the No to Proposition 8 website was brought down for several hours Wednesday night by a coordinated "denial of service" attack. Supporters of a ban on gay marriage say they had nothing to do with the crash.

"This is clearly an orchestrated attempt to tear down what has become one of the largest grass-roots movements in California electoral history," the group's director said. Tensions are rising ahead of the vote, with vandalism, sign theft, and assaults reported from both sides. Churches and civil rights groups have been pouring money and volunteers into the state.