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Cyberwar escalates in Georgia

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Although Russia and Georgia are enjoying a cease-fire today, the cyberwar continues to rage, with official Georgian sites now the target of excessive traffic, making it difficult for legitimate visitors to access them.

These denial of service attacks follow yesterday's hacks which changed or closed down a number of government site4s.
The web site of the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been one of the first targeted using a suspected denial of service attack, whereby websites are
bombarded with millions of hits causing them to falter and crash.
Russia has been accused of causing these issues, forcing the Georgian government to set up a temporary foreign affairs website on the Google-owned 'Blogger' service.
There are marked similarities between this and the attacks on Estonia in 2007, where Russia was again accused of launching a massive cyber assault on the websites of government ministries, political parties, newspapers, banks, and companies.
Greg Day, EMEA security analyst for McAfee, comments: "We can expect to see cyber attacks being increasingly used as a weapon alongside physical attacks.
"The benefits of using such methods are that no one is directly physically hurt or killed and it is much harder to pinpoint the source and who is involved.
"Furthermore, cost makes this a really appealing option as it is far less expensive and more simple to instigate than a full scale military attack, yet still creates maximum levels of destruction.
"As well as being a critical resource for government ministries, the Internet also plays an important role in the running of countries and this disruption can damage economies and severely impact the running of services. Governments need to have in place strategies to prepare for this type of attack and to ensure that resources can be sustained at all times."