Cyberspace Barrage Preceded Russian Invasion of Georgia
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 13/08/2008 14:41
Weeks before physical bombs started falling on Georgia, a security researcher in suburban Massachusetts was watching an attack against the country in cyberspace.
Jose Nazario of Arbor Networks in Lexington noticed a stream of data directed at Georgian government sites containing the message: win+love+in+Rusia.
Other Internet experts in the United States said the attacks against Georgia's Internet infrastructure began as early as July 20, with coordinated barrages of millions of requests -- known as distributed denial of service, or D.D.O.S., attacks -- that overloaded certain Georgian servers.
Georgia Takes a Beating in the Cyberwar With Russia
Besides the bloody shooting war going on between Georgia and Russia, there's another, quieter battle going on in cyberspace.
The Georgian government is accusing Russia of disabling Georgian Web sites, including the site for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Georgia accuses Russia of waging 'cyber-war'
Georgia today accused Russia of waging a parallel 'cyber-war', using hacking techniques to block key Georgian government websites.
There was confusion as to the extent of the attacks, however, with at least two independent internet monitoring companies saying they had seen no evidence of large scale attacks on Georgian government infrastructure.
Estonia, Poland help Georgia fight cyberattacks [IDG]
In an intriguing cyberalliance, two Estonian computer experts are scheduled to arrive in Georgia by evening to keep the country's networks running amid an intense military confrontation with Russia.
And Poland has lent space on its president's Web page for Georgia to post updates on its ongoing conflict with Russia, which launched a military campaign on Friday to eject Georgian troops from South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two renegade areas with strong ties to Russia.
Russia and Georgia continue attacks--online
Researchers studying botnets have reported an increase in attacks on Georgian Web sites, including that of the country's president, within the last two weeks. While the attacks--Web site defacement and denial-of-service packet floods--are reminiscent of the Internet attacks waged against Estonia in May 2007, Jose Nazario, security researcher for Arbor Networks, told CNET News that he's seeing evidence that Georgia is apparently fighting back, attacking at least one Moscow-based newspaper site.
Georgian Government, News Sites Under Cyber Attack
The fierce fighting that began last week between Russia and the former Soviet republic of Georgia is being mirrored in a fierce cyber battle between the two countries, according to Georgian officials and third-party observers.
Using a temporary Website, the Georgian government issued a statement yesterday that its sites, along with some Georgian news sites, are under a coordinated denial of service attack from Russia.
Russian hacker 'militia' mobilizes to attack Georgia
Security researchers on Tuesday disputed claims that a well-known Russian hacker-hosting network is responsible for cyberattacks against sites belonging to Georgia, the former Soviet republic that has been battling Russian military forces since Friday.
Rather than blame the notorious Russian Business Network -- as researcher Jart Armin did over the weekend -- other researchers said today that it appears that the attacks originated from a "hacker militia" of Russian botnet herders and volunteers.
Cyber attacks knock out Georgia's Internet presence
Hackers, perhaps affiliated with a well-known Russian criminal network, have attacked and hijacked Web sites belonging to Georgia, the former Soviet republic now in the fourth day of war with Russia, a security researcher claimed Sunday.