Posted by: Jim | August 13, 2008


Of the events in Georgia, I know very little. A busy life has prevented me from doing my usual reading. However, one thing caught my eye that seemed fascinating. It’s a topic that’s been holding my interest for about a year now.

Today’s wars are virtual as well as tactical. Spare yourself the over-technical reading at the link, and focus on this quote:

“Details of the parallel Russian cyberwarfare campaign against Georgia began to emerge even as Russian tanks appeared on the south side of the Roki Tunnel in South Ossetia on Aug. 8. There is little doubt at this point that a concerted assault took place alongside conventional military operations.”

This is interesting stuff. A country’s websites are jammed during an invasion, presumably to prevent communications, news, commerce, etc.  Russian hackers continue the assault on Georgian Presidents website at this time, even though Russia has called for a cease fire.

ZDNet calls this the “Birth of Modern Cyber-Warfare.” (Question, is there a form of ancient cyber-warfare?) but actually, it was not born here. There was an attack against Estonia last year, and an attack against Belarus before that. Apparently Eastern Europe is the birthplace of “modern” cyber-warfare, however.

Botnet attacks are nothing to be sneezed at. The sad thing is, it seems that botnet “service” providers are basically in it for the money. They’ll attack any website, for any reason, as long as the price is right. Given the cost of waging a war these days, I suppose the virtual assault comes out of petty cash.

Now if we could only figure out a way to have wars fought only on the internet …


  1. All I know is I heard that Russia attacked Georgia and I got all excited, hoping Alabama would be next.

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  2. Interesting site. If you can, check out I am not sure if you can access without a subscription. It is an interactive timeline of the history of cyber warfare. The Stratfor site has very comprehensive analysis on this subject, including CNSI, the US offensive military satellite to protect against the type of attacks that have disabled Gergia and other countries in the region. Check out worldpress/daynan for cyberwarfare blogs.
    p.s. love the beef.

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