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Russian hackers looming before Sakartvelo government2011-03-02 21:16
The recent blocking of the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's official website has excited the whole government. It is so far unclear whether the disconnection of the Georgian leader's Internet-portal was really attributed to a secret hacker attack or the problem lied in the unprofessional attitude of local computer specialists; official Tbilisi does not seem to be interested in the true reasons of the incident. The main point is that this is a nice pretext to remind the whole world of the "Russian threat".
The incident that resulted in the world web users' inability to visit the Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili's website for two days was reported by his press speaker Manana Mandzhgaladze. There came immediate suppositions that the portal was attacked by a group of hackers who might be connected with the Russian special services. The famous game called "Accuse Russia!" goes on. Tbilisi made similar accusations not long ago when two powerful explosive devices were found near the Imedi TV company's office. No direct or indirect proof of the Russian party's involvement in the incident was presented then, as well as in the blocking of the president's website. However, words are a more powerful weapon than real actions for the current Georgian authorities.
The Georgian president's website was already subject to various cyber attacks. It is quite logic that they reached their peak in August 2008. Not only Mikheil Saakashvili's portal suffered then but also a great number of Internet pages belonging to the Georgian ministries and administrations, as well as different information agencies. The most famous was the published collage on the main page of the Georgian MFA's website where pictures of Mikheil Saakashvili were interleaved with those of Adolph Hitler. Neither did Russian websites manage to avoid hackers' attacks. At that moment, the two countries were in a state of an armed conflict and its transition into the virtual sphere was quite natural. Now the relations between the two countries are strained because of Saakashvili again but the Russian party can get no benefit from blocking the website of the Georgian president, especially that it is not very often visited and is in no way unique. Even the name of the Georgian leader is often misspelled in the Russian version of the portal. Why should anyone attack the site of Mikheil Saakashvili?