By Dan Goodin in San Jose
31st July 2008
Usenix - Politically motivated computer attacks like the one last year
that crippled network traffic in Estonia for weeks are likely to
increase, and there's not much victims can do to stop them, a security
Indeed, just last week government websites in the former Soviet republic
of Georgia were ransacked by a denial-of-service attack amid growing
diplomatic tensions between the country and Russia. Other victims
include Radio Free Europe and dissidents in Tibet and Burma.
And an explosion of do-it-yourself tools is making it easier than ever
to assure that the attacks are more and more powerful, Jose Nazario, a
security analyst for Arbor Networks said at the Usenix Security
Symposium in San Jose, California. That gives the politically
disaffected a power they've never had before.
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