Monday, January 19, 2009

Russian link to MOD/RN cyberattack?

An internet virus that has attacked various MOD and Royal Navy computers has apparently sent e-mails from the computers to a server in Russia. Some RAF e-mails have also been sent to servers in Russia though there is no evidence of Russian government (or even Russian civilian) involvement. Russia do have a recent history of cyber warfare though.

You never had these problems back in the days of Big Iron

Georgia was subject to cyber attacks as part of the general Russian effort against them in last year's South Ossetian conflict. Back in 2007 Estonia came under heavy cyber attack, Estonia accusing Russia of being behind it, Russia confirmed that they had the ability to conduct such attacks though it was elements of a non-Russian organisation based in Transnistria that claimed responsibility.

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