17 June 2010, 15:32

Kyrgyzstan on verge of cyber war

Kyrgyzstan on verge of cyber war
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The escalating ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan has already given rise to cyber attacks carried out on government and media websites. Russian cyber security experts refer to them as means of information warfare.

The escalating ethnic conflict in Kyrgyzstan has already given rise to cyber attacks carried out on government and media websites. Russian cyber security experts refer to them as means of information warfare.

Cyber attacks, sometimes known as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, involve breaking into millions of computers to forward requests to all servers within the .kg domain zone, bringing them down. Users cannot therefore get access to official information, said Roman Romachev, the Director General of the R-Techno agency of business intelligence. Hackers launch attacks from computers all over the Internet, making the tracing of these requests absolutely impossible, he said. 

As part of the cyber war, DDoS attacks block all your opponent’s information. Frequently used during election campaigns and costing only one hundred dollars, these attacks may deactivate numerous web sites, Roman Romachev says. 

The information war has not yet started in full force and effect in Kyrgyzstan, according to Russian IT-analyst Andrei Masalovich of DialogueScience Inc. He believes cyber attacks could be launched on every country which will send its troops to Kyrgyzstan to help resolve the ethnic conflict. Russia should not therefore intervene in the current situation, the businessman said.  

Further aggravation of the ongoing conflict will result in a full-scale information war. Those who will bring armed forces to the republic, will be definitely exposed to massive cyber attacks.  

Battles in cyberspace are an integral part of armed conflicts, like for instance, the Georgian aggression against South Ossetia in 2008. Tbilisi then unleashed another kind of war, blocking the country’s entire web segment, so that the world could not find out the truth about the origins of the conflict. 

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