Hackers (KGB?) Responsible for Massive DDOS Attacks on Google, Twitter, LiveJournal to Silence One Blogger

A Georgian political activist and blogger was the target of a massive denial-of-service attack yesterday, according to a Facebook executive. The attack took Twitter and LiveJournal offline and severely affected Facebook. Google services were also attacked, but they suffered no down-time. Max Kelly, chief security officer at Facebook is reported as stating:

It was a simultaneous attack across a number of properties targeting him to keep his voice from being heard,” Kelly said. “We’re actively investigating the source of the attacks, and we hope to be able to find out the individuals involved in the back end and to take action against them, if we can.

Cyxymu is the nickname of the activist. His LiveJournal account is still down, but his twitter page is back up and running again.

So, who is responsible for this attack? He claims it was the Russian KGB. In a Tweet he sent hours ago in English he stated the “hackers was from Russian KGB.”

What was so dangerous about the opinions of a single relatively obscure Georgian blogger? We’re not yet sure, as his LiveJournal page is still down.

Update: Cyxymu just tweeted “My twitter is online! Thank you all for support after ciber attack from Russia!” We’ll keep you updated throughout the day as we learn more. For now, below is a list of tweets he has sent in the past hours, translated into English:

@ V_x hour is worth a couple bucks each. but such an attack a few services, it is a very ambitious about 7 hours ago
@ Trollvsr yes, I DDoSili about 8 hours ago
@Mashable this was hackers from Russian KGB about 9 hours ago
@ Kuyantus unfortunately I was the target of attack. offer our apologies to all about 9 hours ago

One thing, however, is clear. Whoever wanted to shut Cyxymu up made a serious mistake. From obscure blogger to free speech celebrity all in 24 hours. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Update @ 11:40: There no hard facts yet, but a commenter has suggested (take it for what it’s worth) that the attacks did not come from the Russian Government per say, and that the attacks are in some way connected with the 2007 cyberattacks on Estonia.

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  • Enow235

    Dead LiveJournal

    After frequent, repeated and predictable crashes of the LiveJournal (livejournal.com – LJ) – every time at the most heated and critical moments in the political life of Russia – one cannot longer consider this web resource as an “independent”, and DDoS attacks on it as “accidental” or “vandal” acts of unknown hackers. The logic of the current illegitimate Russian regime suggests that such attacks have been actually, specifically and carefully organized by the ruling Putin’s clique, and are not a trick of some unknown to us amateurs or “hackers”.

    The situation with the manageability and predictability of the LJ crashes should be explained by the fact that this blogging resource is provided first of all for the russion public and is almost completely under control of the Kremlin and its secret services. Free and popular LiveJournal service secretly performs a special function: like so-called “honeypot”, it attracts and catches critical opposition and political activists to this virtual trap, effectively blocking their activities. Thus, as soon as the public in Russia is at a critical moment ready to speak on any topical and important political event which can be associated by the government with the expected large wave of criticism and protests, just at the same moment the service of LiveJournal is no longer functioning normally, frequently crashes, is down, or not available via Internet, or writing new posts is impossible, or content pages of the most critical blogs are “mysteriously” manipulated or erased, etc.

    Therefore, we must do stop to consider LJ as a Russian independent web site and its frequent falls as a result of random vandalism acts or as a result of “hacker” attacks. In fact, things are different: both the LJ and its “crashes” are being completely controlled by the Kremlin and the FSB secret service. Non-system opposition activists and critical bloggers urgently need to find a new appropriate blogging platform. They need to create a truly public internet resource instead of LJ – a new popular, independent and free blogging platform – first of all for russian opposition. Not the government institutes of the criminal Putin’s regime, but the non-system opposition itself should provide sufficiant and appropriate security and administration of this new Internet resource to effectively protect it from expected attacks of pro-Kremlin provocateurs, real hackers and the secret services.

  • Enow235

    Dead LiveJournal

    After frequent, repeated and predictable crashes of the LiveJournal (livejournal.com – LJ) – every time at the most heated and critical moments in the political life of Russia – one cannot longer consider this web resource as an “independent”, and DDoS attacks on it as “accidental” or “vandal” acts of unknown hackers. The logic of the current illegitimate Russian regime suggests that such attacks have been actually, specifically and carefully organized by the ruling Putin’s clique, and are not a trick of some unknown to us amateurs or “hackers”.

    The situation with the manageability and predictability of the LJ crashes should be explained by the fact that this blogging resource is provided first of all for the russion public and is almost completely under control of the Kremlin and its secret services. Free and popular LiveJournal service secretly performs a special function: like so-called “honeypot”, it attracts and catches critical opposition and political activists to this virtual trap, effectively blocking their activities. Thus, as soon as the public in Russia is at a critical moment ready to speak on any topical and important political event which can be associated by the government with the expected large wave of criticism and protests, just at the same moment the service of LiveJournal is no longer functioning normally, frequently crashes, is down, or not available via Internet, or writing new posts is impossible, or content pages of the most critical blogs are “mysteriously” manipulated or erased, etc.

    Therefore, we must do stop to consider LJ as a Russian independent web site and its frequent falls as a result of random vandalism acts or as a result of “hacker” attacks. In fact, things are different: both the LJ and its “crashes” are being completely controlled by the Kremlin and the FSB secret service. Non-system opposition activists and critical bloggers urgently need to find a new appropriate blogging platform. They need to create a truly public internet resource instead of LJ – a new popular, independent and free blogging platform – first of all for russian opposition. Not the government institutes of the criminal Putin’s regime, but the non-system opposition itself should provide sufficiant and appropriate security and administration of this new Internet resource to effectively protect it from expected attacks of pro-Kremlin provocateurs, real hackers and the secret services.

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