By Jonathan Richards
August 11, 2008
Georgia today accused Russia of waging a parallel .cyber-war., using
hacking techniques to block key Georgian government websites.
There was confusion as to the extent of the attacks, however, with at
least two independent internet monitoring companies saying they had seen
no evidence of large scale attacks on Georgian government
Hackers using so-called 'denial of service' attacks - where websites are
bombarded with millions of hits, causing them to crumble - had taken
down the website of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), a
Georgian Government spokesman said.
According to one report, hackers at one point replaced the image on the
MFA website with one of President Saakashvili alongside Adolf Hitler.
The measures, which the spokesman insisted were the work of Russian
hackers, had forced the MFA to set up an alternative website hosted by
the Google-owned blogging service, Blogger, to disseminate information.
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