Experts: Hacker Attacks Preceded Fighting Moscow times
By Tai Adelaja STAFF WRITER
MOSCOW — Hackers knocked down Georgian government web sites days before Russian tanks rolled into the country’s territory, in what experts said Wednesday was an ominous sign that cyber-attacks might foreshadow future armed conflicts. Major Internet security firms re-ported massive attacks on Georgian web sites by hackers using botnets, a network of “zombie” computers that can be used to overwhelm servers with millions of unsolicited requests.”Cyber-attacks are part of the information war,” said Alexander Denezh-kin, editor of Cybersecurity.ru, an on-line journal. “Making your enemy shutup is a potent weapon of modern war-fare.”The so-called distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks began in the weeks running up to the outbreak of the Russia-Georgia conflict and continued after the Kremlin announced that it had ceased hostilities Tuesday, said Tom Burling, an executive of Tulip Systems, a U.S. Internet firm. Tulip Systems, which took over hosting of the web sites for Georgia’s presidency and a major television network on Saturday, said its experts had worked frantically to curtail the damage from the hackers. “They have been attacking Georgia from a cyber standpoint since July,” Burling said, AFP reported.
Pawkey’s take: Is this a Modus Operandi? Is this a pattern by which we can see what is going to happen shortly? I do think we have been drug into conflicts and wars by false flag operations. My service in the Viet Nam war was, in my humble opinion, just such a false flag operation. Just look up Tonkin Gulf Incident and decide for yourself.