Cyberattacks on Georgian Internet and continued fighting within the country. News below the fold. Meantime, here’s a map:
Hackers, perhaps affiliated with a well-known Russian criminal network, have attacked and hijacked Web sites belonging to Georgia, the former Soviet republic now in the fourth day of war with Russia, a security researcher claimed on Sunday.
Some Georgian government and commercial sites are unavailable, while others may have been hijacked, said Jart Armin, a researcher who tracks the notorious Russian Business Network (RBN), a malware and criminal hosting network.
“Many of Georgia’s Internet servers were under external control from late Thursday,” Armin said early Saturday …
Russia and Georgia have accused each other of launching new attacks, as diplomats press for a ceasefire in the conflict over South Ossetia.
Georgia said dozens of Russian bombers attacked targets inside its territory, including around Tbilisi and Gori.
Russia said Georgian attacks on the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali killed three of its troops.
Georgia’s president backed a draft EU ceasefire proposal for a ceasefire, but Moscow reportedly rejected the plan.
The Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, … spoke out, criticising the US for transporting Georgian troops from Iraq to redeploy to the conflict at home.
Earlier, Mr Medvedev accused Georgia of “genocide” in South Ossetia but said Russian troops were now in control of Tskhinvali and Moscow’s military push was “largely complete”.
The latest reports of violence came despite Georgia saying on Sunday that it would observe a ceasefire. Moscow has insisted Georgian forces withdraw fully from South Ossetia before it halts operations.
From Tbilisi, Georgia said up to 50 Russian fighter jets attacked targets inside Georgia overnight, with targets including a missile base and a radar station.
Georgia said the town of Gori, close to the South Ossetian border and used as a jumping-off point for Georgia’s push into South Ossetia, also came under overnight attack.
Elsewhere in Georgia, tensions were rising in Abkhazia, another region within Georgia with secessionist ambitions. … a Russian general issued an ultimatum to Georgian forces to pull out of Abkhazia’s Kodori Gorge or Russia would send in its troops. Earlier, reports in Moscow said 9,000 Russian troops were being deployed to Abkhazia.