Kremlin was behind mass cyber assault, says Georgian critic

The Georgian blogger who fell victim to yesterday’s enormous cyber assault that hit LiveJournal, Facebook and Twitter, affecting hundreds of millions of web users around the world, has blamed the Kremlin for the attack.The blogger – a 34-year-old economics lecturer called Georgy, better known to his online readers as Cyxymu – said he believed the denial-of-service strike was an attempt to silence his criticism of Russia’s conduct in the war over the disputed South Ossetia region, which began a year ago today.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/aug/07/georgian-blogger-cyxymu-accuses-russiaAlso see:Russians launched Twitter attack to hit Georgian blogger Cyxymu
Hackers from Russia may have attacked Google, Twitter and Facebook in an attempt to silence a pro-Georgian blogger, it has emerged.A year after troops from the two countries became locked in a five-day war, the co-ordinated cyber assaults shut down Twitter for a couple of hours and disrupted access for Facebook users.
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article6742464.eceRussia blamed for cyber terror blitz
Russian hackers have been accused of being behind an enormous cyber attack which temporarily shut down two of the world’s most popular social networking sites in order to silence a Georgian blogger who is critical of Moscow’s policies in the Caucasus.Twitter went offline for several hours on Thursday whilst Facebook and Livejournal suffered major slowdowns following a large distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack which flooded their networks. The attacks are believed to have been aimed at a 34-year-old Georgian economics lecturer who has written blogs critical of Russia’s military presence in the area.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/russia-blamed-for-cyber-terror-blitz-1769187.htmlAttack on Twitter Came in Two Waves
The meltdown that left 45 million Twitter users unable to access the service on Thursday came in two waves and was directed at a single blogger who has voiced his support for the Republic of Georgia in that country’s continuing conflict with Russia.Facebook’s chief security officer, Max Kelly, told CNet that the attack was aimed at a user known as Cyxymu, who had accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LiveJournal and other sites affected by Thursday’s cyberassault.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/07/attack-on-twitter-came-in-two-waves/

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