War in Russian cyber space02/07/2007 Written by Roberto Preatoni (SyS64738)
Russian opposition parties (from democrats to ultra-nationalists) and independent Media declared that their web servers have been recently affected by a “murky” wave of hacking attacks, Associated Press reported yesterday.
According to cyber-victims such attacks, whose DDos modality was very similar to the one that no long ago jeopardized Estonian cyber space , were backed by the Kremlin which is trying to reduce the power of free sources of information. No material proof has been offered yet in support of similar accusation.
Such cyber offensive, as reported by the Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations, was based on “vast, online networks of computers infected with malicious software — whose owners probably aren’t aware they are involved — to paralyze or erase targeted websites.”
Yet, according to Political Parties and Media, this attack could be seen as an explicit threat against the opponents to Government , that is already preparing its resources to December’s parliamentary election and to next March’s presidential election.
Considering the situation at the moment, when election are still quite distant, we can reasonably suppose that Russian digital grown will become more and more turbulent with the approaching of elections. Stanislav Belkovsky, a political analyst who can count on some acquaintances among Kremlin insiders, confirmed such hypothesis by declaring that a senior associate of President Putin was leading the attack. The government immediately traversed it and added that attackers could have forged Internet Protocol addresses registered to government offices.
The accusations moved against the Kremlin, however are very clear and quite serious: according to Mr. Belkovsky, which is also the founder of the Russian National Strategy Institute, the Kremlin is intentioned to get the control over the political content of online media.Russian Government already owns three major national television networks, major radio networks, wire services and print publications. Independent media are under a constant, censoring pressure.