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Russian Hackers Continue Attack On Georgia

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Despite attacks on Georgia being ordered to cease, cyber warfare attacks persists on

According to the Associated Press, Russian hackers continue their attack on Georgian websites Tuesday with a denial of service attack against the homepage of the President of Georgia, Mikheil Saakashvili. This attack follows a previous hacking of the web page last week where Russian hackers were able to deface the site, making comparisons of the President of Georgia to that of Hilter. Since that original attack on the site, the server hosting the web page has been moved to a U.S.-based server, where it is currently struggling to remain online against this newest flood attack. The distributed denial of service attack responsible for the recent attack is based on a botnet that some believe has strong ties to the Russian mafia and government, and were likely responsible for the previous attacks last week.

Russian hackers are some of the best in the world and it shows in the response Georgia has taken to the threat. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia website, for example, has been moved to Google’s Blogger hosting service for the added protection from attacksno i . It doesn’t seem like Georgian servers can be trusted at the moment, even as attempts are made to reduce the persisting attacks. Much of Georgia’s Internet traffic is routed through Russia, but attempts are being made with other countries to directly route to Georgia, bypassing the security concerns of Russian networks. The attacks have continued though even despite the Russian President Dmitri Medvedev ordering all attacks against Georgia to cease Tuesday, and hacking attempts were prominent long before the physical conflict in Georgia began last week. Other sites being targeted in these attacks by the same botnet are Russian news sites and the website of chess player and political activist, Garry Kasparov.

Denial of service attacks are one of many tools in the hacker’s arsenal and are used commonly to overwhelm a website with connection attempts to the point where the site no longer is able to respond to any request. In the case of a botnet being used to achieve this, hundreds or thousands of computers are used, many of which belong to unsuspecting users who happen to be infected with a trojan virus. Through this virus, a hacker can control every infected computer remotely and order them to perform tasks, such as flood a target computer with useless data or connection attempts. These attacks are hard to defend against, as there is no one computer that is responsible for the attacks, and the end result is not a breach in security so much as it is a wall preventing other real users from accessing the site.

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    Slobogob , August 12, 2008 10:12 PM
    Hilter? Someones been playing to much Hearts of Iron here...
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    lobhob , August 13, 2008 1:12 AM
    Plz anyone who knows any hardcore hackers I'd like to see some Russian asswhoping. Let the servers crash all throughout Russia and proclaim we did it for the Lulz.
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    Anonymous , August 13, 2008 2:08 AM
    what did Patton say about the Russians?
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    alfrido , August 13, 2008 2:24 AM
    dunno
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    terror112 , August 13, 2008 3:00 AM
    lobhobPlz anyone who knows any hardcore hackers I'd like to see some Russian asswhoping. Let the servers crash all throughout Russia and proclaim we did it for the Lulz.

    I can help ;) 
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    Zorg , August 13, 2008 5:50 AM
    Electromagnetic Pulse anyone?
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    lopopo , August 13, 2008 6:32 AM
    "Russian hackers are some of the best in the world"
    Is there some sort of hacker Olympics I do not know about?
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    xyster , August 13, 2008 6:35 AM
    http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39193999,00.htm
    'The Russian police's cybercrime division, known as Department K, has warned that Russian hackers are the best in the world.'
    is one reference.
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    M3d , August 13, 2008 8:14 AM
    http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0 [...] 999,00.htm
    'The Russian police's cybercrime division, known as Department K, has warned that Russian hackers are the best in the world.'
    is one reference.

    What would have been funny is if they said and admitted, "Uhhh our guys aren't the best but it's all we have".

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    mtbhrd , August 13, 2008 4:14 PM
    Boris: "I am inVINcible!"
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    hixbot , August 13, 2008 9:31 PM
    Nobody spreads American propaganda more efficiently than the associated press. Every headline on this war has been, Russia attacked this, Russia attacked that. Everyone is quick to point the blame on Russia, yet ther are very few Amercian media reports that show it was Gerorgia who invaded South Ossetia, and it was Russia who beat the Georgians back. Bottom line, Georgia is backed by USA, so all USA media is going to point the finger at Russia, and bury the truth. Meanwhile Ossetia is in ruins due to the surprise Georgian offensive. Georgia entered peace talks with South Ossetia, and hours later they launched a full scale offensive. Why is the media afraid to tell us the full truth?
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    compy386 , August 15, 2008 12:16 AM
    Every story I've read has fully mentioned Georgia attacking South Ossetia. South Ossetia is also part of Georgia. I'm not going to say I understand at all what the situation is truly like there, but seems reasonable that the media is taking the side of Georgia more than Russia.
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    sandmanwn , August 15, 2008 1:15 PM
    wasithimwhat did Patton say about the Russians?

    Quote:
    We promised the Europeans freedom. It would be worse than dishonorable not to see they have it. This might mean war with the Russians, but what of it? They have no Air Force anymore, their gasoline and ammunition supplies are low. I’ve seen their miserable supply trains; mostly wagons draw by beaten up old horses or oxen. I’ll say this; the Third Army alone with very little help and with damned few casualties, could lick what is left of the Russians in six weeks. You mark my words. Don’t ever forget them. Someday we will have to fight them and it will take six years and cost us six million lives.

    Seems to be coming true.