About a month ago the website of Georgia’s President was under a distributed denial of service attack and offline for some time. Based on forensic analysis it became clear that the root of these attacks were to be found in Russia.
Now with a state of war declared as it seems all official Government web sites of Georgia are not responding, not reachable or do not display any content.
From a message on Yahoo Answers (see below for the link):
“…Since the Russian invasion of Georgia yesterday, all government of Georgia web sites have been replaced by anti Georgian propaganda placing photos of their President alongside Hitler as here http://www.mfa.gov.ge (at the time of writing)…”
The web site mentioned above currently only displays an empty root directory and no further content. Google cache has a capture of the original web site dating back to the 6th August afternoon when the conflict escalated.
We tried a few more Georgia official sites (parliament.ge, government.gov.ge) and all of them seem to be not responding at the time of writing.
After disputes with other countries bordering Russia like Estonia that recently has seen DDOS – cyberwar – attacks originating from Russia this seems the first time a conventional war is being accompanied by cyber-attacks on communication / information infrastructures within the Internet.
Nevertheless the Internet continues to remain the first and most complete information source on the activities in that region. Wikipedia for example was the first to provide comprehensive information and updates.
These attacks on government sites might at the same time also start a discussion on hot backup / standby structures in other countries for these kind of web sites – there might be many different considerations – security, sovereignty, relying on other countries infrastructure to name just a few.
In one sentence: Whom can you trust if war hits your country.
Update 10-August-08 10:00 (UTC):
The parliament site seems to be reachable again while the other sites still do not provide content. The President’s web site seems to now have a pointer to a backup site in the US but no content is served.
More information and traceroute diagrams after the link.
We have again tried to reach the Georgia government web sites but could only see content for the Parliament site.
The authoritative DNS (ns1.utgmpls.net – 188.8.131.52) server for the web site of the Georgia President now seemingly has a pointer to an apache server at Dreamhost in the US (see diagram below for details).
Access to the Government site (government.gov.ge) still seems to be blocked at TTnet Turkey. See diagram below for details.
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Internet monitoring company Netcraft today reported that there are now more than 100 million web sites on the Internet. This is an increase of about 3.5 million sites since last month and the Internet continues its strong growth seen throughout 2006. Blogs and small business web sites have driven the explosive growth this year together [...]
The subjects of Rafael Rozendaal’s web sites range from clouds to blood, from hands to farts, from hills to dollars, from doors to fire. They are interactive, some are like pieces of pop art, others a bit absurd.
His latest creation “colorflip.com” got quite some popularity on various forums the last days and…
In the best tradition of the “dadaist” nihilistic movement from the 1920s, these sites don’t exactly do anything or provide any useful information – in short they are a bit pointless.
Remember what the “first web cam” was used for – to monitor a coffee pot. Yes that’s the spirit.
Let’s create an art out of this….
The BBC today has an article online about Wikileaks.org, a website that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously post government and corporate documents.
The “BBC reports” that “…following a California court ruling, the site been taken offline in the US…” Well seemingly that’s not completely true. You won’t get access to the site via wikileaks.org but that’s because the DNS server entries have been deleted.
But hey – there are other ways. You can access the site’s content at other servers on the Internet (see image below). We suggest searching for the web site’s name and DNS and you might find it yourself. Popular bookmarking sites might also turn out helpful.
While you can question the motives why people upload documents to this site or even question the content of some of them, Wikileaks.org definitely had a rough ride the last days.
Within days they endured a fire in their server room, massive DDoS attacks and censorship threats…