Feeds

Georgian blogger calls for Twitter attack probe

'Dear Dmitry!'

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

The pro-Georgian blogger who was the target of attacks that shut down micro-blogging website Twitter last week has called on Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to track down the culprits.

The well-known blogger who goes by the name Cyxymu has said the attacks - which also struck at Facebook, LiveJournal, and YouTube - were carried out by people loyal to Russia who wanted to silence posts criticizing that country's invasion into Georgia last year. On Monday, he called on Medvedev to investigate the denial-of-service attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice.

"I think you're already aware of the fact that unknown hackers staged a DDoS attack on my blog, located at livejournal.com, facebook.com, twitter.com, blogger.com," the blogger wrote in an open letter (garbled Google translation here). "In addition, all projects have been the last stretch by hackers, who all data were from Russia."

Cyxymu, who according to published reports is an economics lecturer named Georgy, said last week wasn't the first time he's been attacked. In October, someone managed to bring down his LiveJournal account and made it inaccessible until May, he claimed.

Thursday's DoS attacks aimed a torrent of requests to view the account pages Cyxymu had on Twitter and the other Web 2.0 properties. Twitter was inaccessible for two hours, although many users reported being unable to use the site for much longer than that. The other sites were able to rebuff the attacks and remain up.

Because DoS attacks are able to be carried out from thousands of miles away, it's often impossible to know who is behind them. Security researchers tracking the attack have not yet speculated who carried out the ones that took out Twitter. So far, Cyxymu has yet to supply any evidence that Russians are responsible. ®

The next step in data security

More from The Register

next story
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM
Internet of Stuff securo-cockups strike yet again
'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator
We just might notice if you cut our cables
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
Microsoft to patch ASP.NET mess even if you don't
We know what's good for you, because we made the mess says Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.