The fog of cyberwar

As Kyrgyzstan reels from a sustained cyberattack, Danny Bradbury asks whether it was a show of strength from Russia, or whether the perpetrators are closer to homeIt was the second time of trying to reach Paul Quinn-Judge on his mobile phone. Was there a landline we could use? “The landlines here just don’t work. It would involve many hours of pain,” said the analyst for the International Crisis Group, an NGO that advises governments on conflict resolution. Quinn-Judge lives in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. From 18 January until last weekend, the country had been pummelled by a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Two of its four ISPs had been hit.Surfing from inside the country, Quinn-Judge, who says that internet access inside the country is poor at the best of times, hadn’t noticed any change. But intelligence experts in the west speaking directly with senior sources in the Kyrgyz ISP community said that the sustained attack had taken as much as 80% of its internet traffic to the west offline.

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