Coordinated Russia vs Georgia cyber attack in progress

Coordinated Russia vs Georgia cyber attack in progress

Summary: In the wake of the Russian-Georgian conflict, a week worth of speculations around Russian Internet forums have finally materialized into a coordinated cyber attack against Georgia's Internet infrastructure. The attacks have already managed to compromise several government web sites, with continuing DDoS attacks against numerous other Georgian government sites, prompting the government to switch to hosting locations to the U.

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In the wake of the Russian-Georgian conflict, a week worth of speculations around Russian Internet forums have finallyRussian vs Georgia Cyber Attack materialized into a coordinated cyber attack against Georgia's Internet infrastructure. The attacks have already managed to compromise several government web sites, with continuing DDoS attacks against numerous other Georgian government sites, prompting the government to switch to hosting locations to the U.S, with Georgia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs undertaking a desperate step in order to disseminate real-time information by moving to a Blogspot account.

Who's behind it? The infamous Russian Business Network, or literally every Russian supporting Russia's actions? How coordinated and planned is the cyber attack? And do we actually have a relatively decent example of cyber warfare combining PSYOPs (psychological operations) and self-mobilization of the local Internet users by spreading "For our motherland, brothers!" or "Your country is calling you!" hacktivist messages across web forums. Let's find out, in-depth.

The attacks originally starting to take place several weeks before the actual "intervention" with Georgia President’s web site coming under DDoS attack from Russian hackers in July, followed by active discussions across the Russian web on whether or not DDoS attacks and web site defacements should in fact be taking place, which would inevitably come as a handy tool to be used against Russian from Western or Pro-Western journalists. The peak of DDoS attack and the actual defacements started taking place as of Friday:

"Several Georgian state computer servers have been under external control since shortly before Russia's armedRussian vs Georgia Cyber Attack intervention into the state commenced on Friday, leaving its online presence in dissaray. While the official website of Mikheil Saakashvili, the Georgian President, has become available again, the central government site, as well as the homepages for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Defence , remain down. Some commercial websites have also been hijacked.

The Georgian Government said that the disruption was caused by attacks carried out by Russia as part of the ongoing conflict between the two states over the Georgian province of South Ossetia. In a statement released via a replacement website built on Google's blog-hosting service, the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "A cyber warfare campaign by Russia is seriously disrupting many Georgian websites, including that of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs."

After defacing Mikheil Saakashvili's web site and integrating a slideshow portraying Saakashvili as Hitler next to coming up with identical images of both Saakashvili and Hitler's public appearances, the site remains under a sustained DDoS attack. It's also interesting to point out that the an average script kiddie wouldn't bother, or wouldn't even understand the PSYOPs effect of coming up with identical gestures of both parties and integrating them within the defaced sites.

Russian vs Georgia Cyber AttackWhat am I trying to imply? It smells like a three letter intelligence agency's propaganda arm has managed to somehow supply the creative for the defacement of Georgia President's official web site, thereby forgetting a simple rule of engagement in such a conflict - risk forwarding the responsibility of the attack to each and every Russian or Russian supporter that ever attacked Georgian sites using publicly obtainable DDoS attack tools in a coordinated fashion.

The DDoS attacks are so sustained that Georgian President's web site has recently moved to Atlanta :

"The original servers located in the country of Georgia were "flooded and blocked by Russians" over the weekend, Nino Doijashvili, chief executive of Atlanta-based hosting company Tulip Systems Inc., said Monday.

The Georgian-born Doijashvili happened to be on vacation in Georgia when fighting broke out on Friday. She cold-called the government to offer her help and transferred president.gov.ge and rustavi2.com, the Web site of a prominent Georgian TV station, to her company's servers Saturday."

More defacements of news sites and popular Georgian portals started taking place as well :Russian vs Georgia Cyber Attack

"Two news websites run by breakaway South Ossetia were hacked on Tuesday morning, officials from the secessionist authorities said. The front page of the website of the news agency, OSinform - osinform.ru - which is run by the breakaway region’s state radio and television station IR - retained the agency's header and logo, but otherwize the entire page was featuring Alania TV's website content, including its news and images. Alania TV is supported by the Georgian government, and targets audiences in the breakaway region. Another website of the breakaway region’s radio and television station -  osradio.ru – was also hacked. Alania TV has denied any involvement, saying it was itself surprised to see its content on the rival news agency’s website."

Ironically, shortly after Civil.ge ran the story, it came under DDoS attack, and -- just like Georgia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs -- it switched to a Blogger account in case the site remained unavailable. Moreover, the Shadowserver posted more details on the command and control servers used in the DDoS attacks, which geolocate back to Turkey and continue to remain online.

"With the recent events in Georgia, we are now seeing new attacks against .ge sites. www.parliament.ge & president.gov.ge are currently being hit with http floods. In this case, the C&C server involved is at IP address 79.135.167.22 which is located in Turkey. We are also observing this C&C as directing attacks against www.skandaly .ru. Traffic from your network to this IP or domain name of googlecomaolcomyahoocomaboutcom .net may indicate compromise and participation in these attacks."

As always, this is just the tip of the iceberg, since on 79.135.167.22 we also have several other parked botnet commandRussian vs Georgia Cyber Attack and control locations, like the following :

emultrix .org yandexshit .com ad.yandexshit .com a-nahui-vse-zaebalo-v-pizdu .com killgay .com ns1.guagaga .net ns2.guagaga .net ohueli .net pizdos .net

Let's analyze the exact way in which the coordinated cyber attack was planned, a weekend's worth of monitoring their activities :

- distribute a static list of targets, eliminate centralized coordination of theRussian vs Georgia Cyber Attack attack

Who was the only person ever arrested for participating in the Russian vs Estonia cyber "shock and awe" attack? A student who distributed a publicly available list of Estonian government web sites. In the ongoing Russian vs Georgia cyber war, we also have an indication of such lists actively distributed across Russian web forums. And now that the targets to be attacked are publicly known, it's all up to the self-mobilization of the Russian Internet users.

As always, next to the hardcore hacktivists participating in the attack, there are the copycat script kiddies who seem to have found a way to enjoy the media interest into the individuals behind it. Sadly, they have no idea what they're doing, nor how to do it. Here's one such group, stopgeorgia.ru/stopgeorgia.info :

"We - the representatives of Russian hako-underground, will not tolerate provocation by the Georgian in all itsRussian vs Georgia Cyber Attack manifestations. We want to live in a free world, but exist in a free-aggression and lies Setevom space. We do not need the guidance from the authorities or other persons, and operates in accordance with their beliefs based on patriotism, conscience and belief. You can call us criminals and cyber-terrorists, razvyazyvaya with war and killing people. But we will fight and unacceptable aggression against Russia in Space Network. We demand the cessation of attacks on information and government resources Runeta, as well as appeal to all media and journalists with a request to cover events objectively. Until the situation has changed, we will attack the Georgian government and information resources. Do not we have launched an information war, we are not responsible for its consequences. We call for the assistance of all who care about the lies of Georgian political sites, everyone who is able to inhibit the spread of black information. There is one formal mirror project - www.stopgeorgia.info. All other resources have nothing to do with the movement StopGeorgia.ru.

DRAFT IS UNDER WWW.STOPGEORGIA.RU. IN CASE OF USE NEDOSTUPNOSTI MIRROR PROJECT - WWW.STOPGEORGIA.INFO."

- engaging the average internet users, empower them with DoS tools

Following a basic cyber warfare rule, that the masses are sometimes more powerful than the botnet master's willingness toRussian vs Georgia Cyber Attack sacrifice hundreds and thousands of his bots, the current campaign has also thought of the average Internet users who are encouraged to use a plain simple HTTP flooder distributed for this purpose. The concept is nothing new; in fact, this is state of the art cyber warfare combining all the success factors for total outsourcing of the bandwidth capacity and legal responsibility to the average Internet user. Moreover, next to the do-it-yourself tools released, end users who are not so technologically sophisticated are given instructions on how to ping flood Georgian government web sites

- distribute lists of remotely SQL injectable Georgian sitesRussian vs Georgia Cyber Attack

The last time we witnessed such a tactic aiming to achieve a great deal of efficiency by basically integrating a list of remotely SQL injectable sites into a web site defacement tool, was in May's cyber conflict where Pro-Serbian hacktivists were attacking Albanian web sites by doing exactly the same thing. Surprisingly, Russian hackers have also started distributing lists of Georgian sites vulnerable to remote SQL injections, allowing them to automatically deface them

- abuse public lists of email addresses of Georgian politicians for spamming and targeted attacks

As it appears, a publicly available list of Georgian politics originally created by a lobbying organization, has started toRussian vs Georgia Cyber Attack circulate in an attempt to convince Russian hackers of the potential for abusing it in spamming attacks and targeted attacks presumably serving malware through live exploit URLs

- destroy the adversary's ability to communicate using the usual channels

It's been a while since I've last seen such a pro-active attempt to deny Georgian hackers the ability to communicate though their usual channels. One of Georgia's most popular hacking forums has been down for over 24 hours and continues to be under a permanent DDoS attack on behalf of Russian hackers who have on purposely raised the issue of ensuring that they are unable to reach the local hacktivists and one another. No matter the attack, one should never underestimate other's people's ability to adapt to a certain situation - The Russian News and Information Agency - RIA Novost, was also a DDoS attack on Sunday :

"RIA Novosti news agency's website was disabled for several hours on Sunday by a series of hacker attacks, as the conflict between Russia and Georgia over breakaway South Ossetia continued for a third day. Websites in both Russia and Georgia have been hit by cyber attacks since Georgia launched a major ground and air offensive to seize control of South Ossetia on Friday. Russia responded by sending in tanks and hundreds of troops. "The DNS-servers and the site itself have been coming under severe attack," said Maxim Kuznetsov, head of the RIA Novosti IT department. RIA Novosti's servers are now functioning as normal."

The aggressiveness of the attacks is prone to accelerate in the next couple of days, due to the combination of the attacksRussian vs Georgia Cyber Attack tactics used, engaging even the less technical hacktivists next to the more sophisticated botnet master. Realizing what's coming, Estonia has informally offered help to Georgia :

"Estonian officials say that the DDoS attacks targeted against Georgia were very similar to the attacks made against Estonian websites in 2007 after the removal of the Bronze Soldier monument. Unofficially, Estonia and Georgia have been discussing the possibility to send a special team of online security specialists to Georgia. A representative of the Development Centre of State Information Systems said that by now Georgia has not yet made a formal proposal. “This will be decided by the government,” said the official."

Who's behind this campaign at the bottom line? As we've already established a connection with well known provider of botnet services in the previous attack against Georgia President's web site, a connection made possible to establish due to a minor mistake on behalf of the people behind the attack, there's no connection with the current attacks and the Russian Business Network, unless of course you define the Russian Business Network as the script kiddies and the dozen of botnet masters paricipating who have somehow managed to build their botnets using RBN services in the past, and are now using them against Georgia's Internet infrastructure.

Overall, contingency planning in times when you need to spread a message about what's going in your country, but haveRussian vs Georgia Cyber Attack you official government sites logically the de facto information sources in such cases shut down, is crucial for reaching out to the rest of the world who would disseminate the message using the long tail. Then again, this is perhaps the first time in such a cyber conflict --aiming to deny the targeted country's ability to reach the world with real-time information on the real-life warfare events -- where the targeted country is urging others to obtain this information through a third country President's web site, in this case Poland, and using a blog to do so.

Topic: Security

Dancho Danchev

About Dancho Danchev

Dancho Danchev is an independent security consultant and cyber threats analyst, with extensive experience in open source intelligence gathering, malware and cybercrime incident response.

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  • Offending messages

    I would like to know what constitutes an 'offending message' and who makes the decision and on which criterion?
    Other than that, I want to say that Russia is being vilified in a similar way to Serbia when she fought against terrorisism directed at her citizens. The pattern is clear to an objective mind and it is disgusting.
    wilsparky
    • Do tell!

      Perhaps you could tell us why all of these seemingly patriotic Russian citizens feel obligated to launch DOS attacks against the government of a neighboring country? I'd also like to read your thoughts as to whether this is a spontaneous display of public outrage against an outlaw government, or is coordinated by either a private organization or maybe even an agency of the Russian government. I'm sure that any of the above would have excellent reasons for doing this, so don't be shy.

      I'd also like to know what Serbia's alleged war on terrorism has to do with the subject at hand.
      John L. Ries
      • Do listen!

        Here is something on youtube:
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5idQm8YyJs4

        What Russia lost is the information war. Mr. Saakashvili, with the full support of western media, have washed the brains. Very well done, keep listening Mr. Sykashvili, and you gone be the expert in Georgia - S. Osetia relationships.

        And yes, remember, never talk to the opposite side, it prevents democracy propagation.
        boris.zhenelman
        • youtube tricks

          the number of views for "12 year old ossetian girl tells the truth about Georgia" has been dropped down from 300'000 to about 40'000... looks like youtube does not want it to be popular

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5idQm8YyJs4

          also, there appeared over 10 exactly the same videos with the same title, probably to distribute the "load"
          boris.zhenelman
        • This is worth reading

          http://www.michaeltotten.com/archives/2008/08/the-truth-about-1.php
          freddymac
    • Russia is evil

      Russia have commited a WAR CRIME by invading another country with no valid reason. Russia should be remove from ALL international agency and completly cutoff from the reste of the world until they widthdraw (or maybe they need to be teach a lesson get a couple of they city VAPORIZE). There is no excuse for Russia's crimes. Russia have lost all credibility (they have so little to start with). Serbia... Meet your new little friend Russia.
      Mectron
      • Amerika is Evil

        Amerika have commited a WAR CRIME by invading another country with no valid reason... how about that? you see, the world is not black and white, good or evil, right or wrong.

        During the Cuban Crisis the USA where ready for "war" because the USSR were installing missiles a few miles away from Florida.

        The russians have said they refuse to have US/NATO missiles near their homeland, namely in Georgia and, basically are doing the same thing Kennedy and McNamara have done in the 60's...
        LucasKorso
        • Like the soviets did to Afganistan in the 80's?

          >> Amerika have commited a WAR CRIME by invading another country with no valid reason

          You forgot about that huh?
          Duke E. Love
      • I've lived in Russia for over 10 years...

        And it's a hell of a lot LESS EVIL than the USA has been since the Bush years.
        Marty R. Milette
        • Glad to hear it!

          Do us a favor: Renounce your US citizenship and stay there.
          JimboNobody
        • From Canada both USA & Russia look evil(over concentrated power) but ...

          I would have to go with the USA as the least
          of two evils! Their constitution, badly abused as of late, and their democratic
          cultural tendencies, have allot more
          substance, depth and social teeth than the
          fake Russian democracy run by Czar Pootin!
          raycote
        • I've lived in Russia for 10+ years...

          Marty, I'm not so sure you learned much from your experience. Have you ever dealt with OVIR over non-issues concerning your visa? Have you ever been hectored by GAI officers because of a trumped up traffic violation? Have you ever seen the shelves of food stores empty and had plenty of money in your pocket to buy food with? OR have you ever seen well-stocked food stores and had too little to buy anything with and felt like someone pressing her nose against a trendy Fifth Avenue shop in New York, but not having enough money to buy from a street vendor?

          Bush has been a disaster, I'll agree. But let's not confuse what we all hope was a fluke (Bush's election to even a first term, much less to a second one, for God's sake) with Russia's centuries-old practice of treating its citizens as disposables and its election of an ex-secret policeman (Putin) as president. All right, we elected an ex-actor as our president, but at least in his domestic and foreign policies he didn't stoop as low as Putin has. The ACLU, NAACP, Human Rights Watch, and similar organizations still function fairly well here. Russia has nothing comparable to them and I doubt it will in your or my lifetime.
          brambeus
          • At least an intelligent response...

            >Have you ever dealt with OVIR over non-issues
            >concerning your visa?

            I've been using both private and multi-entry business visas and never had the slightest problem. As long as you follow the rules, register correctly, etc. there are no problems.

            I've also crossed the border by car, bus, train and plane -- with never the slightest problem.

            The prople who have trouble are usually ones who either don't have the correct visas, don't follow the rules, don't register properly, etc.

            >Have you ever been hectored by GAI officers
            >because of a trumped up traffic violation?

            Ya, I paid $5 on one occasion and $10 on another occasion. Big deal.

            >Have you ever seen the shelves of food stores
            >empty and had plenty of money in your pocket
            >to buy food with?

            In the past 10 years, NEVER. This is ancient Soviet-era propaganda. There are better supermarkets in any reasonably sized city than you'll find in most of Europe. Right now, we are vacationing in Majorca and can't even find a decent sized grocery store.

            >OR have you ever seen well-stocked food stores
            >and had too little to buy anything with and
            >felt like someone pressing her nose against a
            >trendy Fifth Avenue shop in New York, but not
            >having enough money to buy from a street
            >vendor?

            Don't know where or when you got your information from, but definitely not in the last decade. Salaries are at least 10 times higher than 10 years ago, there are so many cars the infrastructure can't be upgraded fast enough, and there are more BMWs and Mercedes than Germany and more being sold annually than in Germany now.

            >ex-secret policeman (Putin) as president.

            Putin has done more for the Russian economy than anyone else anywhere else. The prosperity is incredible. At least you got the name right -- unlike the other moron poster who spelled it "pootin" and who thinks he is still president. (Demonstration of ignorance.)

            >All right, we elected an ex-actor as our
            >president, but at least in his domestic and
            >foreign policies he didn't stoop as low as
            >Putin has.

            How do you figure? In Russia, there are not cameras on every street corner. Nobody is confiscating notebooks and mobile phones at the border. You don't have "Fatherland Security" invading public libraries and confiscating computers. Really, if there is anything that could now be called a "Police State" -- that would be America.

            Too bad, I used to enjoy vacationing there, but now, you couldn't get me back with any amount of money.

            >The ACLU, NAACP, Human Rights Watch, and
            >similar organizations still function fairly
            >well here. Russia has nothing comparable to
            >them and I doubt it will in your or my
            >lifetime.

            Maybe don't need them. You don't hear of Russians waterboarding their own citizens or sending anyone deemed an 'enemy combattant' off for 'rendition' at a country who will happily torture them for years on end
            Marty R. Milette
          • At least an intelligent response...

            >Have you ever dealt with OVIR over non-issues
            >concerning your visa?

            I've been using both private and multi-entry business visas and never had the slightest problem. As long as you follow the rules, register correctly, etc. there are no problems.

            I've also crossed the border by car, bus, train and plane -- with never the slightest problem.

            The prople who have trouble are usually ones who either don't have the correct visas, don't follow the rules, don't register properly, etc.

            >Have you ever been hectored by GAI officers
            >because of a trumped up traffic violation?

            Ya, I paid $5 on one occasion and $10 on another occasion. Big deal.

            >Have you ever seen the shelves of food stores
            >empty and had plenty of money in your pocket
            >to buy food with?

            In the past 10 years, NEVER. This is ancient Soviet-era propaganda. There are better supermarkets in any reasonably sized city than you'll find in most of Europe. Right now, we are vacationing in Majorca and can't even find a decent sized grocery store.

            >OR have you ever seen well-stocked food stores
            >and had too little to buy anything with and
            >felt like someone pressing her nose against a
            >trendy Fifth Avenue shop in New York, but not
            >having enough money to buy from a street
            >vendor?

            Don't know where or when you got your information from, but definitely not in the last decade. Salaries are at least 10 times higher than 10 years ago, there are so many cars the infrastructure can't be upgraded fast enough, and there are more BMWs and Mercedes than Germany and more being sold annually than in Germany now.

            >ex-secret policeman (Putin) as president.

            Putin has done more for the Russian economy than anyone else anywhere else. The prosperity is incredible. At least you got the name right -- unlike the other moron poster who spelled it "pootin" and who thinks he is still president. (Demonstration of ignorance.)

            >All right, we elected an ex-actor as our
            >president, but at least in his domestic and
            >foreign policies he didn't stoop as low as
            >Putin has.

            How do you figure? In Russia, there are not cameras on every street corner. Nobody is confiscating notebooks and mobile phones at the border. You don't have "Fatherland Security" invading public libraries and confiscating computers. Really, if there is anything that could now be called a "Police State" -- that would be America.

            Too bad, I used to enjoy vacationing there, but now, you couldn't get me back with any amount of money.

            >The ACLU, NAACP, Human Rights Watch, and
            >similar organizations still function fairly
            >well here. Russia has nothing comparable to
            >them and I doubt it will in your or my
            >lifetime.

            Maybe Russia doesn't need them?

            You don't hear of Russians waterboarding their own citizens or sending anyone deemed an 'enemy combattant' off for 'rendition' at a country who will happily torture them for years on end -- denying them the right to a trial or due process.

            Of course, all this stuff the USA is doing can be overlooked in the name of 'fighting terrorism' -- or, as I would call it, lining the pockets of the Bush 'friends and family program' -- defense contractors etc.

            Follow the money -- all becomes clear...
            Marty R. Milette
          • Re: At least an intelligent response...

            >>Have you ever dealt with OVIR over non-issues
            >>concerning your visa?
            >I've been using both private and multi-entry
            >business visas and never had the slightest
            >problem. As long as you follow the rules,
            >register correctly, etc. there are no problems.

            I guess you were very lucky. Russian red tape and corruption of officials is a huge problem for locals, let alone foreigners.

            >I've also crossed the border by car, bus,
            >train and plane -- with never the slightest
            >problem.

            I envy you your luck. I, as a Russian citizen, can't concur.

            >>Have you ever been hectored by GAI officers
            >>because of a trumped up traffic violation?
            >Ya, I paid $5 on one occasion and $10 on
            >another occasion. Big deal.

            It is big deal. Because it's only a tip of the iceberg indicative of the whole rotten system.

            >Don't know where or when you got your
            >information from, but definitely not in the
            >last decade. Salaries are at least 10 times
            >higher than 10 years ago, there are so many
            >cars the infrastructure can't be upgraded fast
            >enough, and there are more BMWs and Mercedes
            >than Germany and more being sold annually than
            >in Germany now.

            Salaries are more or less adequate in big cities. Most of the people in little towns and villages can barely cope with the food prices.

            As for the BMWs and Mercedeces, take heart, this is a perverse social system in which state officials and their relatives live luxuriously at the expense of the ordinary people they rob. The number of these luxury cars is only indicative of the number of leechers and corruption.

            >ex-secret policeman (Putin) as president.
            >Putin has done more for the Russian economy
            >than anyone else anywhere else. The prosperity
            >is incredible.

            Putin has stripped the country of any good that has been gained since 1992 in terms of freedom. As for the economy and "incredible prosperity" - as soon as the oil prices come down a bit, the economy will tumble. Putin has been extremely lucky that his reign coincided with an oil boom. And, BTW, Putin's children don't live in Russia, despite all the "incredible prosperity" there.

            >How do you figure? In Russia, there are not
            >cameras on every street corner.

            Believe me, the state would love to have them :) It's only that they figure that they can better pilfer the money needed.

            >Nobody is confiscating notebooks and mobile
            >phones at the border.

            No, they don't. They simply don't let you through without a written permission from some customs security committee, which you have to get in advance for all your CD's (in fact, for any "information media").

            >You don't have "Fatherland Security" invading
            >public libraries and confiscating computers.
            >Really, if there is anything that could now be
            >called a "Police State" -- that would be
            >America.

            In Russia, you have TV producers who interfer with live broadcasts and try to even censor in real time, let alone the prerecorded shows. You don't have any non-state owned TV networks. You can't even get a prepaid cellular phone without passport. In regions, you have opposition leaders kidnapped and killed by local police chiefs' guards without any regard for laws.

            >>The ACLU, NAACP, Human Rights Watch, and
            >>similar organizations still function fairly
            >>well here. Russia has nothing comparable to
            >>them and I doubt it will in your or my
            >>lifetime.
            >Maybe don't need them. You don't hear of
            >Russians waterboarding their own citizens or
            >sending anyone deemed an 'enemy combattant'
            >off for 'rendition' at a country who will
            >happily torture them for years on end

            Oh yes, they do. Try looking up HRW reports on the human rights abuses in Chechnya and North Caucasus regions. And, BTW, torturing of suspects by militzia (local police) is routine, ask any Russian.
            freddymac
        • LOl

          Now that's a good one,good call.And true.
          crowmd
    • Where is the evidence based case made by Russia before evading? NT

      NT
      raycote
    • Had it coming

      Georgia precipitated this conflict by violating the territory of the southern province against signed treaties to the contrary.

      Russia was obligated to intervene by treaty and since we are in the computer age ... some sort of CyberAttack is expected and in fact justified in the face of war. In war you destroy your enemies.

      Perhaps this fella from Georgia should stop trying to conquer his neighbors then this would not happen.
      RobinInTheHood
      • Chechnya

        What about Russia's response to the independence movement in Chechnya? Nobody is even mentioning that vicious performance.
        jorjitop
  • RE: Coordinated Russia vs Georgia cyber attack in progress

    I'm not sure it's Russians, really. At the very least, being a patriotic Russian myself, I see no point in those attacks. At least not from adult's point of view. It might be, of course, that Georgia's gov sites are poorly secured, so that underage "hackers", finding new target for their "practice", could actually crack them.

    Anyway, I'd like to point out that there's some speculation going on. Starting from the fact that whole Russian internet segment is blocked from Georgia, and finishing with some obviously fake photos of "vile Russian soldiers" circulating over the net.

    Also, on the first day of conflict, first information was of Georgia's aggression.

    I'll leave conclusions to the reader.
    lierdakil