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Georgian Internet Providers are making their own war2008-10-31 09:25
The August war is over and two Georgian Internet-providers - "Caucasus online" and "United Telecom" that had got into focus after RUnet disconnection for two months, started sorting out their relationships. As a result many Georgians still have no access to the global network.
When the decision on disconnection of Russian sites was under discussion in August no one was interested in public opinion and users' preferences. By the way, it was Internet providers who afterwards took the blame by stating that the decision on RUnet cut off had been made without the pressure of the state. Displaying unanimity with the authorities they deprived the users of "unnecessary" information for two months. Georgian citizens have nobody to demand compensation for the caused discomfort. Surely it can't be Temur Yakobashvili (who contrary to the providers' version stated that this measure was needed in order to limit dissemination of disinformation) who will reimburse for the damage connected with RUnet disablement. However initially according to the
tradition the northern neighbor who supposedly denied access to its sites for the people of Georgia was accused. Then state officials babbled out that nonobjective information from Russia contributed to destabilization in the country: the authorities were speaking about their victories in South Ossetia, RUnet was reporting on the offensive of the 58th army. So the war was now inside Internet. And even there it was the war to the death, so to say. Georgian hackers attacked governmental sites in August. They cracked the Ministry for Foreign Affairs resource, then they broke into the MVD portal. And on the last mentioned site instead of war news and comments of the officials there appeared an unexpected photo of Saakashvili transformed into Adolf Hitler thanks to Photoshop. Strange as it is Tbilisi did not accuse the Russian hackers of it. But a politician who cannot turn a failure into a victory is a bad politician. After the August events it was communicated by many governmental agencies that the site archives had been destroyed by the hackers and information could not be reproduced.