Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Russia: opposition newspaper faces denial-of-service attacks; Senate committee looking into cyber warfare

One of Russia's opposition newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, said yesterday it had complained to officials about a massive hacker attack. The denial-of-service attack has kept Novayagazeta.ru offline for the past six days.

Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that the newspaper has complained to the government. "We filed our complaint with the interior ministry, the investigative committee, the prosecutor general and the FSB security service and we are waiting for their replies," said newspaper spokeswoman Nadezhda Prusenkova.

Novaya Gazeta employed Anna Politkovskaya, the journalist gunned down outside her Moscow home in 2006.  Four of the paper's reporters have been murdered or died under mysterious circumstances since 2000, according to AFP.

Update: Ten minutes after posting this story the New York Times posted this story about cyber attacks posing a military threat.  "Sensitive information is stolen daily from both government and private sector networks, undermining confidence in our information systems, and in the very information these systems were intended to convey,” Dennis C. Blair, the director of national intelligence, said in prepared remarks to a Senate committee.