[LINK] Georgia gets allies in Russian cyberwar Was: [war, real and virtual]
david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Wed Aug 13 17:29:04 EST 2008
> Georgia is gaining allies to resist online attacks
> which it says are the work of Russian hackers.
> Two members of Estonia’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) are
> heading to Georgia to help deal with the attacks according to Baltic
> Business News. The attacks in Georgia are reportedly similar to those
> that took place
> against Estonia last year.
> Poland and Estonia have both also offered web space to the Georgian
> government to host official pages.
This stands out:
> “The use of cyber attack assets in conjunction with kinetic military
> operations in the current crisis now stands among the most significant
> developments ever seen in the field of information security or cyber
> conflict studies.”
I guess "kinetic military operations" means stuff gets thrown around at
high speed by people in uniform.
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On 12/08/2008 at 3:26 PM stephen at melbpc.org.au wrote:
> Hi all,
> Have a look at http://www.parliament.ge
> It's the Georgian Parliament website, now featuring Adolf Hitler.
> So the current and very hot Russia vrs Georgia war has gone virtual.
> It seems *patently* obvious that if we ever get into another scuffle,
> probably anywhere in the world these days, our IP networks will come
> under an immediate & sustained attack. I would bet that if our middle
> east involvement was to have commenced now, instead of several years
> ago, our significant IP systems would also be down right about now.
> I do hope our networks are sufficiently hard, and, that the prospect of
> an IP-less Aus government, and industry, will give pause for cool heads.
> Our next armed involvement nearly anywhere (except maybe Tonga) will be
> fought out on the virtual home front as well as where-ever in the field.
> Georgia and security experts have accused Russian state-sponsored hackers
> of breaking into Georgian government and commercial websites as part of a
> cyber war to supplement Russia's military operations in South Ossetia.
> - Official websites hacked
> - 'Cyber warfare campaign'
> - Site moved
> Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's official website, as well as the
> websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, the
> central government site and various commercial sites, have all been forced
> offline over the past week.
> The Georgian Parliament website, parliament.ge, has been defaced by
> the "South Ossetia Hack Crew". The site's content has been replaced with
> images comparing Saakashvili to Adolf Hitler.
> The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was forced to set up a blog on Google's
> Blogger service as a temporary site while it battled to resurrect its
> official homepage. News site Civil.ge followed its lead, claiming its
> servers were under permanent attack.
> Jart Armin, a researcher who publishes a blog tracking the movements of
> the Russian Business Network (RBN) - a group of state-sponsored hackers -
> called the flare-up a "full cyber siege of Georgia's cyber space" by the
> Armin said Georgian internet servers were controlled by foreign attackers
> and internet traffic to them was being redirected to servers in Moscow.
> At the time of writing, president.gov.ge, mfa.gov.ge and mod.gov.ge were
> back online but the central government site, government.gov.ge, was still
> down. The President's site has been moved to US servers.
> "A cyber warfare campaign by Russia is seriously disrupting many Georgian
> websites, including that of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs," the Georgian
> Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote in a statement on its temporary blog.
> The blog has allowed Georgia to spread information to mainstream media and
> the West, knowing it would be difficult for the hackers to target Google.
> Security experts claim Georgia's websites were the subject of
> sustained "denial-of-service" attacks, which flood the target with visits
> in order to overload it and knock it offline.
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