By Jeff Harding
Yesterday’s denial of service attacks that shut down Twitter, Facebook, and LiveJournal have been traced to an all out attack on a single blogger out of Georgia who doesn’t like the Russians.
The company rooted out the cause of the massive denial-of-service attack, said Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt, after noticing that the compromised computers that began flooding its site Thursday morning were directing traffic to the profile page of a single pro-Georgian blogger, who uses the account name “Cyxymu,” the name of a town in the Republic of Georgia. The Cyxymu blogger couldn’t immediately be reached.
In a blog post Friday, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone said that the attacks were “ongoing” and “appear to have been geopolitical in motivation. “However, we don’t feel it’s appropriate to engage in speculative discussion about these motivations,” he continued. …
Russia and its former republic have waged a series of Internet attacks against each other a political battle between them erupted last year.
The latest attack was the second recent attempt to knock the “Cyxymu” blogger offline. In recent days, the blogger had been the target of a spam attack that sent out emails with links to his LiveJournal blog, in an apparent attempt crush the blog with traffic.
This is very upsetting because the Russians are putting a lot of effort into bringing their former colonies back under Russia’s boot heels. And they have the ability and willingness to disrupt our communications services as part of their campaign. They are telling us something.
Now we all understand that the Russians are going backwards. Even with oil, Russia is emerging as an almost second rate economic power by reverting back to 18th Century hegemonistic Mercantilism, with Prince Vlad at the helm. Perhaps that’s better than being the third rate country they were under the Communists. Russia has natural resources and that has made a lot of oligarchs rich as long as they toady up to Prince Vlad. It gives Prince Vlad clout.You just know that he has a big stash of cash hidden somewhere.
And what’s this with Prince Vlad and all the macho stuff? Yeah, he needs to show his people how manly he is. Reminds me of Mao swimming in the Yangtze at age 73 to prove how vigorous he was. I’ll bet that “W” could bench press him. [No, I still don’t like W, but he was outdoorsy and worked out. I’ll bet he’d like to take back the “I can see into his soul” remark. Putin had him pretty good on that one.] Vlad’s a sad little thuggish fellow who struts because he has oil. He’s the Hugo Chavez of the East.
Do you think they’ll come after me?