Humint Events Online: Cyberattacks in Georgia Before Bombing Originated in the US

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Cyberattacks in Georgia Before Bombing Originated in the US

Nothing to see here, move along:
Weeks before bombs started falling on Georgia, a security researcher in suburban Massachusetts was watching an attack against the country in cyberspace.

Jose Nazario of Arbor Networks in Lexington noticed a stream of data directed at Georgian government sites containing the message: “win+love+in+Rusia.”

Other Internet experts in the United States said the attacks against Georgia’s Internet infrastructure began as early as July 20, with coordinated barrages of millions of requests — known as distributed denial of service, or D.D.O.S., attacks — that overloaded and effectively shut down Georgian servers.

Researchers at Shadowserver, a volunteer group that tracks malicious network activity, reported that the Web site of the Georgian president, Mikheil Saakashvili, had been rendered inoperable for 24 hours by multiple D.D.O.S. attacks. They said the command and control server that directed the attack was based in the United States and had come online several weeks before it began the assault.

As it turns out, the July attack may have been a dress rehearsal for an all-out cyberwar once the shooting started between Georgia and Russia. According to Internet technical experts, it was the first time a known cyberattack had coincided with a shooting war.

Then there's that little detail about how the cyber-attacks originated in the US...

Interestingly, these cyber-attacks occurred around the same period as when several blogs were temporarily shut down by google/blogger-- including this one (for about 48 hours, from July 31st to August 2). I guess that should have been a clue that something big was up!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

so the US supplies arms and advisors to georgia, greenlights an attack by them against a province of russia and then hamstrings georgia with cyber-attacks at the last moment!

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In other words, 1:39 PM, it was a joint U.S./Russian operation.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it does seem that way doesn't it!
now that russia has eliminated any opposition from georgia they have direct land access to iran which might put a damper on any attacks against iran from USrael.

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently, I was the first person
to recognize that it was indeed a joint U.S./Russian operation.

See today's xymphora lead article.

Please help spread the word that I was the first person to recognize this. NOT xymph and not "AP".
Both of THEM are geniuses, yes - but
that doesn't mean that either one is the SMARTEST kid in class. That honor must go to the "Anonymous GENIUS", your humble messenger.

9:16 AM  

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