"The first modern cyberwar?"

Posted: 24 Aug 2008   Print   Send a link
"Theoretically taking down Georgian government sites could have prevented Georgia from publicising its side of the conflict. However, some Georgian sites were migrated to new locations. More importantly, the Georgian government's message was getting out to the world." Aaron Mannes and James Hendler, The Guardian Comment is Free, 22 August 2008.
     "The nature of the Internet is such that it is almost impossible to respond quickly enough. The government doesn't maintain its own botnets—large networks of zombified computers standing ready to attack—but can rent one from a crime network, like the Russian Business Network. Then, through state-controlled media, the government can inspire waves of nationalists to amplify the destructive force. 'Everybody with a laptop has the responsibility to attack the enemy—and you find out who the enemy is by looking at what the government is saying.'" Newsweek, 23 August 2008.