By Gregg Keizer
January 28, 2009
A Russian "cybermilitia" has knocked the central Asian country of
Kyrgyzstan off the Internet, a security researcher said today,
demonstrating that the hackers are able to respond even faster than last
year, when they waged a digital war against another former Soviet
Since Jan. 18, the two biggest Internet service providers in Kyrgyzstan
have been under a "massive, sustained distributed denial-of-service
attack," said Don Jackson, the director of threat intelligence at
The attacks, which are ongoing, have knocked most of the country offline
and disrupted e-mail to and from a U.S. air base there, Jackson said.
The public affairs officer at Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan was not
immediately available to answer questions about whether the attacks have
disrupted operations or other activities.
According to Jackson, the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks
-- essentially a flood of requests that overwhelm servers and
effectively knock them off the Internet -- can be traced to the same
groups of Russian and ethnic Russian hackers who assembled in
militia-like fashion last August to launch similar attacks against
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