Russian hackers continue attacks on Georgian sites

NEW YORK (AP) -- Russian hackers are continuing to attack Georgian Web sites, including one hosted in the United States.

A Web-hosting firm says the president of Georgia's Web site is the target of a flood of traffic from Russia aimed at overwhelming it. The site was transferred to Atlanta-based Tulip Systems from servers in the former Soviet republic on Saturday. A company executive says bogus traffic outnumbers legitimate traffic 5,000 to 1 at president.gov.ge.

Tulip's firewall is blocking most of the malicious traffic to the site.

The U.S.-based Shadowserver Foundation, which tracks Internet attacks, says they noticed commands to attack Georgian sites being issued over the weekend to "botnets." Those are networks of computers that have been surreptitiously subverted by hackers.

The attacks have been reported to the FBI.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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