Saturday, August 8, 2009
Russian hackers have been accused of being behind an enormous cyber attack which temporarily shut down two of the world’s most popular social networking sites in order to silence a Georgian blogger who is critical of Moscow’s policies in the Caucasus.
Twitter went offline for several hours on Thursday whilst Facebook and Livejournal suffered major slowdowns following a large distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack which flooded their networks. The attacks are believed to have been aimed at a 34-year-old Georgian economics lecturer who has written blogs critical of Russia’s military presence in the area.
Hackers use DDOS attacks to flood a website’s servers with communication requests from a network of thousands of compromised computers, forcing the website to temporarily shut down. The paralysing effect of the attack, which severely compromised two websites that are regularly used by political dissidents, has raised fresh questions over the vulnerability of internet and the growing potential of cyber warfare as an effective weapon.
As Facebook and Twitter launched investigations yesterday into where the attack on their site originated, a blogger who writes under the name of “Cyxymu” announced that he had been the first target of the attack.
This article was posted: Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 5:34 am