By Kenneth Denby
September 23, 2008
A YEAR after emailed images of Burma's brutal crackdown against
democracy demonstrations were transmitted across the world, the junta
has launched a ferocious "cyber war" against dissidents who use the
In the past few days, anti-government websites run by exiled Burmese
have been inundated by artificially generated traffic that has forced
them to shut down.
The attacks coincided with the first anniversary of the "saffron
uprising" -- 10 days of demonstrations by Buddhist monks and students
that culminated in a crackdown in which dozens were killed and thousands
The concerted attacks -- which appear to originate in China, Russia and
Europe as well as Burma -- can only be the work of agents of the Burmese
Government and may be an effort to compensate for its failure last year
to stem the flow of images showing vast columns of unarmed demonstrators
and their eventual dispersal under a rain of bullets and truncheons.
Aung Zaw, editor of The Irrawaddy magazine and news website, based in
the Thai city ofChiang Mai, said: "This attack is revenge. Last year,
thepeople beat the Government in the cyber wars by getting lotsof images
and live news reporting out."
The cyber attacks began last Wednesday when three websites -- The
Irrawaddy, the Oslo-based Democratic Voice of Burma and the New Era in
Bangkok -- became inaccessible.
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