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Before the Gunfire, Cyberattacks




Before the Gunfire, Cyberattacks
Before the Gunfire, Cyberattacks



http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/13/technology/13cyber.html 

By JOHN MARKOFF
The New York Times
August 12, 2008 

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.

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