Hackers from Russia may have attacked Google, LiveJournal, Twitter, and Facebook in an attempt to silence a pro-Georgian blogger, Cyxymu. A year after troops from the two countries became locked in a five-day war, the co-ordinated cyber assaults shut down Twitter for a couple of hours and disrupted access for Facebook users. LiveJournal was also hit while Google managed to fend off DDoS attacks. The Georgian blogger by the name of Cyxymu (after Sukhumi, capital of Georgia’s breakaway republic of Abkhazia) has accounts on all the websites and was the target, according to Max Kelly, senior security executive at Facebook.
Bill Woodcock, research director of the Packet Clearing House, a nonprofit technical organization that tracks Internet traffic, told The New York Times the attack was an extension of the conflict between Russia and Georgia. It was not clear who initiated the attack, Mr Woodcock said, but it was likely that “one side put up propaganda, the other side figured this out and is attacking them.” He said he found evidence that the attacks had originated from Abkhazia region. Although YouTube and LiveJournal.com were also affected, Mr Woodcock said, “Twitter was definitely hit the hardest.”
Russia-Georgia Conflict Blamed for Twitter, Facebook Outages
Brian Krebs, 06 August 2009