The Georgia-Russia cyberwar

Bombs are dropping in Tblisi, in what we used to call Soviet Georgia. While everyone was focused on the Beijing Olympics, the Russians and Georgians (correction) have started a war.

This is an ongoing thread with some of the highlights:

It’s not all bombs. It’s also a battle on the Internet. The Russians have reportedly launched a massive cyberwar, hijacking the routing of communications and attacking government Web sites.

Russia — or more specifically, Russia Today — is using YouTube to get its message out. And it’s one of peace, the latest video insists:

georgia08.jpgThere is some information getting out from Georgia. The Georgia Ministry of Foreign Affairs set up a blog on Google’s blogspot service. The images are quite disturbing. There’s also a minute-by-minute account of the war being posted.

A similar blog — Russia and George At War — exists here, although its pedigree is unclear. Another blog — The State Minister for Reintegration — also has images and information from a Georgia perspective.

But back to the Russians. Siberian Light, which bills itself as “The Russia Blog,” isn’t carrying a word about the hostilities. Its top story is the Russian space shuttle floating toward a museum in Germany.


I’ve sent an e-mail to the writer to ask why he’s not covering the war. I’ll let you know what I hear back.

Update: The response is:

Yes. I’m on holiday in an isolated Cretan village with only expensive mobile phone Internet access. I’m watching events as closely as I can, but won’t be able to blog again for at least two weeks.

Russia blog, on the other hand, is tackling the story head-on, and clearly writing to an American audience:

What would have United States done if a bordering country (let’s say Mexico) slaughtered 1,400 U.S. citizens and 10 U.S. soldiers overnight, leaving U.S. citizens by the tens of thousands without food and water?

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