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[Full-disclosure] Aint no such thing as cyberwar...

From: <Valdis.Kletnieks_at_nospam>
Date: Fri Jan 30 2009 - 18:24:51 GMT
To: full-disclosure@lists.grok.org.uk

"Last week IWMP received a phone call from a colleague in Central Asia. Apparently, Kyrgyzstan is under a massive denial of service attack. Three of four ISPs have been taken down, and their upstream providers in Russia, and Kazakhstan are refusing to pass traffic because of the scale of the attacks. At this stage, the motivation appears to be political, and follows several political/mass media websites which have been blocked in the past two weeks by Kyrgyz authorities. The suspicion is that the current DOS attacks are commercial -- commissioned and similar to those we reported back in 2005. IWMP will investigate these attacks to see if we can establish any similarities between these attacks and those used against Estonia and Georgia ( as this would indicate the use of commercial botnets). Separately, the blocking of major websites in Kyrgyzstan suggests that IWMP should probably move this country up the relative scale of importance for monitoring cyberwar around the world."


If it isn't cyberwar, we're gonna need to use a new word to describe this - and then figure out how to get everybody to use the new word instead of cyberwar.

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