TBILISI (Reuters) – Georgian police are investigating a large coordinated cyber assault that took 1000’s of internet sites offline and will have been carried out from overseas, the inside ministry stated on Tuesday.
1000’s of state, personal and media web sites have been knocked out on Monday and their house pages made to show a picture of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili holding a poster saying “I’ll be again!”
The assault focused web sites together with these of the president’s workplace, native municipality places of work and two personal tv stations.
“The cyber assault might have been carried out (from) both inside or exterior the nation,” the inside ministry stated.
In 2008, Georgia accused Russia of hacking a whole lot of Georgian web sites throughout a brief struggle between the 2 international locations over a breakaway Georgian area.
The Kremlin denied the hacking allegation. Diplomatic ties have been severed on the time and haven’t been restored since.
Saakashvili, whose picture was used throughout the assault, served as Georgia’s president throughout the struggle, however now resides exterior the nation and faces felony prices at house.
Many of the web sites affected by the assault must be again on-line by the tip of Tuesday, ProService, a Georgian net design and host offering firm, stated.
Police are working along with legislation enforcement companies in different associate international locations, the inside ministry stated in the identical assertion.
Reporting by Margarita Antidze; Writing by Margarita Antidze and Tom Balmforth; Modifying by Andrew Osborn