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Georgian Cyber Attacks Linked to Russian Gang

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Last year some serious DDoS attacks brought down multiple Georgian websites. This week we learn that said attacks are linked to Russian gangs.

PC World reports that an independent research institute which assesses the impact of cyber attacks has submitted to the U.S. Government a 100-page analysis of the attacks on several Georgian government and media websites. While this information is not being made available to the general public (for now it's just the government and cybersecurity professionals), the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit released a nine-page summary early yesterday.

"Many of the cyber attacks were so close in time to the corresponding military operations that there had to be close cooperation between people in the Russian military and the civilian cyber attackers," PC World quotes the report as saying. "Many of the actions the attackers carried out, such as registering new domain names and putting up new Web sites, were accomplished so quickly that all of the steps had to be prepared earlier."

While the report does concede that the timing of the attacks and the timing of the Russia-Georgia war are not likely to be a coincidence, the institute is said to be confident that that the Russian government did not carry out the attacks. However, the report does suggest that although the Russian government did not carry out the attacks itself, the military may have been cooperating closely with the cyber attackers.

"Many of the cyber attacks were so close in time to the corresponding military operations that there had to be close cooperation between people in the Russian military and the civilian cyber attackers," the report said.

Read the full story on PC World.

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    Anonymous , August 18, 2009 5:39 PM
    fail
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    chaohsiangchen , August 18, 2009 5:51 PM
    Cyber attack is more effective against enemy civilian institutions, such as banks, news outlets, trading facilities etc, to cripple or disrupt enemy society. In essence, this is no more different than carpet bombardment on enemy cities, which both are aiming at destroying normal social function of enemy states.

    However, just like how carpet bombardment is so ineffective against hardened government and military targets, cyber attack against government and military networks are usually futile, for simple reason that they have different networks well protected or even physically separated from the Internet.
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    jerther , August 18, 2009 6:03 PM
    chaohsiangchencyber attack against government and military networks are usually futile, for simple reason that they have different networks well protected or even physically separated from the Internet.

    uh, yeah, like that American A-Bomb China has been able to hack over the internet.

    I remember the comment: "just unplug the darn thing!"
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    chaohsiangchen , August 18, 2009 6:24 PM
    jertheruh, yeah, like that American A-Bomb China has been able to hack over the internet.I remember the comment: "just unplug the darn thing!"


    Commies were able to dump W88 warhead blue print in the front door of American Institute in Taiwan in 1996, before at the dawn of the Internet, and certainly before organized Chinese government hacking effort. It has triggered Lee Wen Ho case which ended with taxpayers losing 1 million dollars to Mr. Lee. We still don't know how commies got W88 blue print.

    In intelligence circle, it is well known for decades that HUMINT is more effective than SIGINT. Given how Lee's and Valerie Plame's names were leaked to the media, I don't doubt that enemies of the US can acquire information they need through more traditional means.
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    Major7up , August 18, 2009 6:48 PM
    Is this really any surprise to anyone, I mean really?
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    yekoor , August 18, 2009 6:59 PM
    If you can find non-existing weapons of mass destruction, how difficult would it be to find relationship between Russia's counterattack and DDOS attacks especially considering that Saakashvilli is a US puppet?

    At least no KGB/FSB involved this time, that's some progress, bravo.

    Let us all see the whole analysis of the "independent" research institute.
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    yekoor , August 18, 2009 7:05 PM
    "Is this really any surprise to anyone, I mean really?"

    No, considering that you get fed with propaganda on the daily basis (evil Russia, evil North Korea, evil China, evil Iran, evil Iraq, evil Muslims etc) who would be surprised by your reactions. I mean really?
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    Hatecrime69 , August 18, 2009 7:16 PM
    so they are trying to lead you to think that this was done with some kind of government help..unleashing ddos attacks while they do military things..so they ddos....facebook? I don't know, this sounds more like rocky and bullwinkle-type russian job than russian mafia or something

    goverment worker: Oh no! I can't access facebook or twitter!!!
    boss: *smacks on back of head* your suppose to be doing work anyway dumb-ass
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    Pei-chen , August 18, 2009 8:06 PM
    chaohsiangchenCommies were able to dump W88 warhead blue print in the front door of American Institute in Taiwan in 1996, before at the dawn of the Internet, and certainly before organized Chinese government hacking effort. It has triggered Lee Wen Ho case which ended with taxpayers losing 1 million dollars to Mr. Lee. We still don't know how commies got W88 blue print....

    Sounds like a certain America's ally got their hand on W88 design and since they can't build a bomb, decided to use it to force congress’ hand in approving military sale to that certain country.
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    dirkbliss , August 18, 2009 8:49 PM
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    chaohsiangchen , August 18, 2009 9:20 PM
    Pei-chenSounds like a certain America's ally got their hand on W88 design and since they can't build a bomb, decided to use it to force congress’ hand in approving military sale to that certain country.


    Which ally? As far as I know, Taiwan is not a US ally, but more like a second class vassal state.

    Besides, US Congress always prefer sale of used and/or second-rated weapon system to the second class vassal state of Taiwan. It is State Department and White House who are usually blocking the sale, and sometimes DOD as well when they don't want certain systems to be under Taiwanese possession. On other occasions Taiwans are force-fed with systems they don't need, such as a 10-story high VHF radar for over-the-horizon ballistic missile early warning system that connects to NORAD.
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    starhoof , August 18, 2009 9:41 PM
    yekoor"Is this really any surprise to anyone, I mean really?"No, considering that you get fed with propaganda on the daily basis (evil Russia, evil North Korea, evil China, evil Iran, evil Iraq, evil Muslims etc) who would be surprised by your reactions. I mean really?

    please don't start anything, especially calling other countries evil, seriously, its not people its government, and even then you don't know half of things YOUR GOVERNMENT does. Learn a second language to have both sides of the story, and then say stuff, instead of vomiting whatever is in your head. Dont forget there are two sides, east and west, I'm somewhere between, because I know both Russian and English. I am sure Russia did wrong stuff, but you know, its a war and its nasty.

    Oh and perhaps... did you ever serve in the military ? Its not like a game.
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    kartu , August 19, 2009 9:28 AM
    yekoorIf you can find non-existing weapons of mass destruction, how difficult would it be to find relationship between Russia's counterattack and DDOS attacks especially considering that Saakashvilli is a US puppet?At least no KGB/FSB involved this time, that's some progress, bravo.Let us all see the whole analysis of the "independent" research institute.


    "Saakashvili is a puppet" is a lame Russian excuse for not being able to get along with ANY of its neighbours.

    Because your president is not a leader, but an very ordinary short guy, with a bit ugly face, average brain and terrible temper, who became a president only while Eltsin has chosen him to. Who thinks that neighbours have to take into account Russia's opiioin, while Russia can ignore theirs, just because Russia is soo big and soo nuclear.
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    kartu , August 19, 2009 9:36 AM
    yekoorAt least no KGB/FSB involved this time, that's some progress, bravo.

    Oh, dear, do you guys have no shame? I mean your federal channels 1 year after the war repeating old LIES about thousands of dead civilians, when even russian prosecution office came up with number 162? (georgian side lost over 200)

    Litvinenko, that was poisoned, let me guess, by aliens, oh, wait, maybe by Beresovski.
    Astemirova, which was apparently killed by "enemies of Russia", right?
    This "agression" vs Russia, that somehow happened exclusively within Georgia's borders?


    user Cyxymu had a very popular blog, regarding ethnic cleansing in Abkhazia, commited with Russia's assistance. His original blog was closed for quite some time because of the DDOS attacks (he had to move stuff to Cyxymu2 acc). Now somebody (I guess it's aliens, they indeed care about chronicles of Russia-Georgia wars) DDOS attacks him again.
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    kartu , August 19, 2009 10:54 AM
    http://www.smr.gov.ge/uploads/file/GoG_Report_on_war_ENG.pdf
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    blackened144 , August 19, 2009 2:32 PM
    Hatecrime69so they are trying to lead you to think that this was done with some kind of government help..unleashing ddos attacks while they do military things..so they ddos....facebook? I don't know, this sounds more like rocky and bullwinkle-type russian job than russian mafia or somethinggoverment worker: Oh no! I can't access facebook or twitter!!!boss: *smacks on back of head* your suppose to be doing work anyway dumb-ass

    You shouldnt comment on things you know nothing about. The Facebook ddos attack was just recently on the 1 year anniversary of the invasion. There were no attacks on Facebook during the time of the actual invasion, but there were hacks against the Georgian government and media sites, as the article explains.
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    nachowarrior , August 19, 2009 6:07 PM
    jertheruh, yeah, like that American A-Bomb China has been able to hack over the internet.I remember the comment: "just unplug the darn thing!"

    haha, yeah i think that was me, and a few others. :-p

    I posted a few comments on the last article about this. I can see why they would do this. If any of you have read Timmothy Zahns star wars trilogy (takes place after the original 3 movies) there is a part of it where The grand admiral tricks a world into thinking that it's unprotected and takes the world IN TACT no damage done because he needs to use the resources. So if they wanted gregoria for resources and to utilize it's facilities, a cyber attack would cause distraction and confusion making the military attack more effective possibly. I'm not sure the details but it does hinder communication and make life difficult for invaded party. Basically switching control of certain aspects of control of a regional area, in theory, could help the handing off of the command from current officials to an invading military group. How effective it was, i have no idea. But as i said before, to deny the logic is to purposefully be naive. This also makes me think a bit considering there are a LOT of hackers in china and russia, and we both know that neither have any respect for the US. :-p