Also in the news: Cyberwarfare against Georgia

Estonian emergency response computer experts reportedly are attempting to help the Georgian government counter a wave of cyberattacks that began prior to Russia's invasion of the former Soviet republic this past weekend, and which have complicated Georgia's efforts to respond to the attacks.

Georgian government Web sites'including the Georgian presidential and the country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs sites'endured repeated distributed denial-of-service attacks over the past several days, according to reports by ComputerworldUK.

According to the report, networking experts from the Shadowserver Foundation said attackers orchestrated the DDOS assaults with "MachBot" code, which has been used before by Russian-based bot herders. The code uses Hypertext Transfer Protocol'the same protocol used for transmitting Web pages'to communicate with compromised personal computers, often unbeknownst by their owners.

The malicious attacks were similar to those that brought Estonian government Web sites to a standstill in April 2007'and in some regards, were predicted by Estonian Undersecretary for Defense Lauri Almann. In a recent GCN interview, Alman said, "There will be a next cyberattack. And governments need to cooperate to overcome those threats."

Estonia is now reportedly hosting Georgia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Web site ; other countries, including Poland and the United States, are also said to be lending assistance.

Read the complete ComputerworldUK article


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