By Brian McCartan
Asia Times Online
Oct 1, 2008
MAE SOT, Thailand - The distributed denial of service attacks, or DDoS,
that hit and disabled several exile media websites between September 17
to 19, are widely held to be the latest attempt by Myanmar's military
regime to silence its legion of critics.
The cyber-attacks, which flood a website with information requests which
block regular traffic and eventually overload and crash it, coincided
with the run-up to last year's "Saffron" revolution, in which soldiers
opened fire and killed Buddhist monks and anti-government demonstrators.
But the junta's cyber-warfare specialists appear to have wider designs
than just censoring an uncomfortable anniversary and they are receiving
plenty of foreign assistance in upgrading their political
The Defense Services Computer Directorate (DSCD) was set up by the War
Office in around 1990, originally with the aim of modernizing the
military's communications and administration systems. By the mid-1990s,
however, the center had become much more focused on Information Warfare
operations, according to a signals intelligence expert who spoke with
Asia Times Online.
The center became responsible for monitoring telephone calls, faxes,
e-mails and other forms of electronic data exchange. Another computer
center was later set up at the Directorate of Defense Services
Intelligence (DDSI), Myanmar's main military intelligence service. The
DSCD is aimed more at military communications, while the intelligence
service's computer center is more politically focused, including
monitoring opposition groups both within and outside Myanmar.
Register now for HITBSecConf2008 - Malaysia! With
a new triple-track conference featuring 4 keynote
speakers and over 35 international experts, this
is the largest network security event in Asia and
the Middle East!