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Georgia: Russia ‘conducting cyber war’

Posted By admin On August 11, 2008 @ 1:12 pm In Sci Tech | Comments Disabled

Jon Swaine
London Telegraph [1]
Monday, Aug 11, 2008

Russia has been accused of attacking Georgian government websites in a cyber war to accompany their military bombardment.

Several Georgian state computer servers have been under external control since shortly before Russia’s armed 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.

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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.”

Barack Obama, the Democratic US Presidential candidate, has demanded Moscow halt the internet attacks as well as observing a ceasefire on the ground.

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[1] London Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/georgia/2539157/Georgia-Russia-conducting-cyber-war.html

[2] Russia could not let Georgia get away with S. Ossetia – Medvedev: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-could-not-let-georgia-get-away-with-s-ossetia-medvedev.html

[3] Georgia says Russia deploying troops in South Ossetia: http://www.prisonplanet.com/georgia-says-russia-deploying-troops-in-south-ossetia.html

[4] Georgia breaks diplomatic ties with Russia: http://www.prisonplanet.com/georgia-breaks-diplomatic-ties-with-russia.html

[5] Russia accuses Georgia of plotting armed attack against Abkhazia: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-accuses-georgia-of-plotting-armed-attack-against-abkhazia.html

[6] Russia and Georgia on the brink of war as four planes are shot down and 15 civilians killed in South Ossetia fighting: http://www.prisonplanet.com/russia-and-georgia-on-the-brink-of-war-as-four-planes-are-shot-down-and-15-civilians-killed-in-south-ossetia-fighting.html

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