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Tbilisi stuck in World Web2011-07-11 14:35
Georgian authorities are again trying to remind the West of the enormous danger the small Caucasian republic is exposed to because of having to nestle next to the "wicked northern neighbor". Tbilisi officials use every chance to present Russia as their merciless enemy dreaming solely of taking freedom and independence away from "the lighthouse of democracy". This time, Moscow was found guilty of arranging cyber-attacks against the Georgian segment of the World Web.
The role of accuser was assumed by Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of the republic Batu Kutelia. He addressed a long speech to the audience at Georgia-NATO conference on safety issues, where he tried to convince everyone that Tbilisi is the best place for studying the problems of protection against virtual attacks, for the country was many times subject to hackers' aggression - naturally, from Russia, first of all. "Georgia managed to ensure its energy safety; however, cyber-attacks against Georgia were applied during the Georgian-Russian war on Russia's part and they still go on... Definitely, one country's resources are not enough to cope with such threats and we need international support", - he underlined. He must have been very close to saying "material"
support, for the country's government have long since grown accustomed to the role of petitioners pleading the West for another dole.
One does not feel like assessing Kutelia's words of the Georgian authorities' ability to ensure the country's independence in the field of energy safety, especially considering the fact that most production facilities are in this or that way connected with the Russian companies. And now let us consider the word "cyber-attack".
Tbilisi failed to persuade its foreign partners that the Kremlin's only dream is the boots of the 58 Army soldiers trampling the sacred Georgian land. It is, perhaps, the eccentric politicians from the Baltic States and East Europe who believe in the possibility of Russia's attack against its southern neighbour.
Thus, Mikhail Saakashvili and his henchmen have to invent more and more "threats" from Moscow. Now it turns out that the "island of freedom" in the Caucasus is threatened by wicked hackers from FSS, MID and other dreadful three-letter abbreviations, though it has been recently found that the main threat for the Georgian Internet is not at all presented by the special service officers. Everyone remembers the incident when an old local lady managed to shut access to the World Web for a significant part of the region with the help of a spade when she unsuccessfully cut the cable in search of non-ferrous metals.
It should be noted that during the August-2008 conflict in South Ossetia, Georgia was not at all presented in virtual wars as a defending party, not to mention largest Russian news portals, as well as the attempts to block the work of the main information agencies in Tskhinval - Osinform and Res. It is clear that in the course of the "five-day war", the virtual space became a battle field for all of the players. Georgian websites were also subject to rather massive attacks but these "attacks" ceased almost immediately when the armed stage of the conflict was over. But Tbilisi decided to go on. For instance, the republic blocked the websites of RU domain for several months in 2008.
Besides, the blockade was not the result of some nameless hackers' actions but a deliberate decision of the country's main providers naturally initiated by order of local authorities.