Saturday, August 9, 2008

Cyber Attacks in South Ossetia War

As part of the war effort, both sides in the South Ossetian war have reportedly launched cyber attacks as part of their war efforts.

South Ossetian officials stated that two Ossetian news media sites were hacked. Dmitry Medoyev, the South Ossetian secessionist envoy in Moscow, claimed that Georgia was trying to cover up reports of deaths.

The National Bank of Georgia website ahs been attacked. It was defaced and replaced with a gallery of known dictators of 20th century with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili added to the mix.

Georgian news portals were under Internet denial-of-service attacks and reportedly the site of the Georgian Ministry of Defence was hacked as well.

The Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website was also defaced and replaced with a collage of Saakashvili and Adolf Hitler photos.

Websites of the National Bank and Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been knocked offline.

Loose Wire speculates that this may be the first simultaneous physical war and cyber war.

Wikipedia has impressive coverage here.

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