Blogger blames Russia

A blogger who has been slammed for the attacks against Twitter and Facebook has told the BBC that he blames Russia for the assault. Known more famously by his net name 'Cyxymu', the alleged cyber antagonist says he has been targeted for "telling the truth about the Russian-Georgian war" in his writings on the internet.

"I write the truth about the Russian-Georgian war and somebody did not like these truths - these people in Russia," the blogger told BBC News. Known by his Mum and Dad as Gregory, the blogger is famous for posting videos and blogs which criticize Russia over its conduct in the war over the South Ossetia. These begun a year or so ago.

In an attempt to seemingly wipe any trace of this blogger, though more importantly, his work from the internet, a trio of popular social networking websites (of which he is a member) suffered a crippling DoS (Denial of Service) attack. DoS attacks take various forms but often involve a company's servers being flooded with data in an effort to disable them. According to a spokesperson who spoke to the BBC, a botnet was directed to request his pages at such a rate that it impacted service for other users. This crippling act resulted in the social networking website Twitter to be down for around two hours on Thursday. Facebook also commented upon its service being 'degraded' during the attack. Only Google seems to have come out of the attack relatively unscathed.

Facebook did shed a little more light on the situation by clarifying that the attacks were as a result of an attack upon an individual member of certain sites, rather than upon the sites themselves.

Security analyst Graham Cluley, of security firm Sophos, told BBC News there was no suggestion the attack against the blogger was state-endorsed by the Russian Government.

"It was almost certainly an individual who took objection to his blogs...they took internet vigilantism into their own hands to try to blast him off the web, but in the process blasted Twitter off instead."

It seems a while ago now since Twitter suffered an 'Denial of Service' however other websites other than this and Facebook have also been affected. Although there has been no information made official by Google, it seems that Google's email service 'GMail' was under attack along with the video blogging/posting website 'YouTube.' Companies affected have been keen to stress to their more regular users that no personal data stored upon the systems has been affected and that everything is where it should be post-attack.

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It was Russia for one key thing as was said before they want the oil pipe line and if people don't know what is going on in Georgia they have it.

I don't know. I wouldn't be surprised if Russia was doing stuff like this, but if they did someone should be able to eventually pin it on them... The accusations add concern, but if it is true, they cover their tracks pretty well...

I hope I wasn't the only one that felt misinformed by the title of this article. =/
"Blogger blames Russia", for what, pray tell? And when I saw Blogger I thought oh it must be an individual blogger not the service. =/

Quit hating on Russia, Georgia was obviously the bad guy in that war. Territorial integrity yeah right, Georgia's army waltzed in on people of which a majority had Russian citizenship. It is the obligation and responsibility of a state to defend its people.

JHH said,
Quit hating on Russia, Georgia was obviously the bad guy in that war. Territorial integrity yeah right, Georgia's army waltzed in on people of which a majority had Russian citizenship. It is the obligation and responsibility of a state to defend its people.

Not the place for this discussion. It'll only go down a bad, bad path.

JHH said,
Quit hating on Russia, Georgia was obviously the bad guy in that war. Territorial integrity yeah right, Georgia's army waltzed in on people of which a majority had Russian citizenship. It is the obligation and responsibility of a state to defend its people.

Though Russia has rarely been the good guy, I have to agree with you on this one. Especially after I watched Fox News trying to sensor a real time interview of an American girl in Georgia. The clip is all over youtube.

zhouij said,
Though Russia has rarely been the good guy, I have to agree with you on this one. Especially after I watched Fox News trying to sensor a real time interview of an American girl in Georgia. The clip is all over youtube.

lol.

JHH said,
Quit hating on Russia, Georgia was obviously the bad guy in that war. Territorial integrity yeah right, Georgia's army waltzed in on people of which a majority had Russian citizenship. It is the obligation and responsibility of a state to defend its people.

When Russian troops went into Georgia, as soon as it was possible for them to do so, they occupied the port city of Poti--where a major oil pipeline to Europe is located. Yet, Poti is nowhere near South Ossetia or any site of conflict. Russia destroyed several Georgian vessels in the port, and since the conflict, they've maintained a military presence in the city despite protest from the West.

Russia's main conflict with Ukraine is also over oil pipelines.

Think what you will about Georgia and Saakashvili's motives, but, given all of this, believing Russia went into Georgia for humanitarian motives is really naive. Russia is threatened that Georgia will enter NATO, at which point any attempts to secure the Georgian oil ports will be countered by force from NATO. They're interested in undermining the relationship between Georgia and the West.

A lot of people seem to believe Russians are the good guys, simply because Fox News and some Republicans say they are the bad guys.

Sounds plausible, although it's hard to tell for sure of course. But some major organization need to have been behind it, I think, for such resources.

And Russia is among those countries that really dislike "inconvenient" information, having gone as far as to poison people with radioactive isotopes in recent memory (that also having strong ties to a government, to get hold of such quantities of polonium).

(that also having strong ties to a government, to get hold of such quantities of polonium).

Polonium is widely available for industrial use as an anti-static coating. Universities also have supplies of it. It doesn't take government connections to buy it.

Anyone could have killed Litvenenko, it was most likely the KGB because they considered him a traitor (he was an ex-agent), but it also could have been the Russian mafia, or some other corrupt businessmen who wanted to pin the blame on the Russian government to get away with murder. The point is, Polonium isn't that difficult to acquire.

Marty, in 1985 I'm sure Polonium is available in every corner drug store... but here, in 1955 it's a little hard to come by.

RAID 0 said,
Marty, in 1985 I'm sure Polonium is available in every corner drug store... but here, in 1955 it's a little hard to come by.

hahahaha
excellent