Social Media Outages Tied To Russian-Georgian Animosity

    August 7, 2009

The reason for – if not the exact source of – yesterday’s attacks on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites seem to have been determined.  Multiple experts have indicated that accounts belonging to a Georgian blogger were the actual targets.

This involves not the American state, mind you, but the small country that Russia fought using both tanks and hackers.  And today actually marks the first anniversary of the start of that conflict.

It makes sense, then, that Bill Woodcock, research director of the Packet Clearing House, was able to conclude that yesterday’s DDoS attacks were directed at a blogger who goes by the name of Cyxymu.

Max Kelly, Facebook’s chief security officer at Facebook, also confirmed to Elinor Mills, "It was a simultaneous attack across a number of properties targeting him to keep his voice from being heard."  (Note: you can read Cyxymu’s mostly-in-Russian thoughts here and here.)

Unfortunately, no one’s able to prove just yet who or what was behind the assault.  But with Twitter, Facebook, and Google all on the hunt (along with many security companies and random interested individuals), it may not be long before we receive some more answers.