Friday, August 15, 2008

U.S. Unprepared For Cyber Attack as Russia-Georgia Online War Rages

A Cox News Service article by David Ho, via The Austin American-Statesman, reports that:

As Russia and Georgia teeter between cease-fire and war, combat is still raging in cyberspace with hackers continuing an onslaught against Georgian Web sites, e-mail and communication services.

About 20 government, banking and media sites were offline Thursday, said Scott Borg, director of the U.S. Cyber Consequences Unit, an independent research group that advises the government. Some sites have fled to hosting computers in other countries and even to Atlanta, where they continue to take digital fire.

The disruptions have played a significant role in the conflict, impairing Georgia's ability to respond to Russia's military attacks, Borg said.

The ongoing online battle, which appears to have begun before the first shots were fired, is a preview of a new era in warfare — one the United States is not ready for, government officials and security experts say.

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