Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Websites, Russian Warfare, Computer Security, Denial of Service

Can you connect the dots?....Russia has attacked Georgia....I'm having a series of security problems on my websites......

Yes, they are related. For the first time, a ground war seems to have been coordinated with a cyberattack. According to MSNBC : Attacks by Russian hackers against Georgian Web sites, including one hosted in the United States, continued Tuesday even as Russian President Dmitri Medvedev ordered a halt to hostilities against Georgia.

For Russia to crash these Georgian websites (the presidents site and others), they need to create massive demands on the Georgian websites. These denial of service attacks are achieved with armies of zombie computers sending out gazillions of efforts to gain control of computers and servers. Which once controlled, will split their time between attacking the Georgian websites and looking for more security holes in computers. Once found, they will take over those computers and the cycle continues.

It's very weird to realize that the spate of attacks on my computers and websites are related to this first coordinated physical and cyber warfare. To remain neutral, unharmed, and not be collateral damage, we have:


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