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Are Russian Cyber Operatives to Blame for Georgian Network Issues?

With wave after wave of Russian troops, and bomber aircraft pouring over the border, Georgia have been under a hell of a lot of attacks in the last few days, but it?s not just the physical battering of the nation, Russian Cyber operatives have crippled the country?s communications network, halting the Georgian government?s flow of information.

In an effort to keep lines of communication open, Georgia?s president, Mikheil Saakashvili, has moved his website to a US hosting company ? in Georgia, Atlanta – and now the foreign ministry is using Blogger to release statements.

Russia has denied crippling the network, but the timing is suspicious so it?s easy to point the finger of blame. Estonia and Poland have both faced cyber attacks from Russians ? though never proved, and have rushed to the aid of stricken Georgians.

The cyber attacks have all the trademarks of Russian operatives who specialise in organised cyber crime. Frontpage defacements of websites, jamming of networks, ?they?ve done that before,? said James Lewis, of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“It’s a nice trade for everybody. The criminals get a little protection; the Russian government gets to have something happen without having their fingerprints on it. That’s the assumption.

?Like Estonia, we don’t have links to the Russian government, but it’s not a fluke where we magically have this happen when a shooting war starts,” he said

Criminal groups are likely involved in the cyber blitz, agreed Paul Ferguson, advanced threat researcher for Trend Micro “This looks to me like more than just some grassroots, hacktivist-inspired attacks,” he said

“But at the same time there’s no way to link it to a state-sponsored type of attack. It’s somewhere in the middle … it certainly has criminal elements.”

Sean Barnum, principal consultant for Cigital Security, said, that when you think of a nation engaging in cyber warfare, the image that may arise is one of coordinated chaos at a country?s command-and-control infrastructure. Georgia?s experiences are more like info-war.

“This was really targeted at preventing Georgia from presenting its message to the world through its communications platform and the Web,” Barnum said. “Obviously [the Georgians] can talk to reporters, but as more and more communications move to the Internet, with distributed blogs and all that, all the attacks that have happened were targeted at preventing Georgia from quickly and easily presenting the facts or their spin on what’s going on.”

“Anywhere you have organized crime, they leap in to take advantage of the news of the day,” David Perry, global education director for Trend Micro, said.

“If there’s an armed conflict between two nations and there are criminals in both nations, they would leap to take advantage of that, don’t you think?” he added

Georgia is especially susceptible because of its proximity to potential adversaries; its main Web communications lines go through Russia and Turkey. “This underscores the whole issue for evolving nations in the sense of how they’re projecting their presence on the Internet,” Ferguson said, “and who they have to rely on for connectivity. If your service is going next door to a country that might not be a friendly nation, they may want to rethink their plans on connectivity.”

Now you see me…

American scientist claim to be ?one step closer? to developing the stuff of geek-fantasy: the invisibility cloak.

Researchers at the University of California in Berkley say they have developed a material that can bend light around 3D objects making them ?disappear?.

The materials do not occur naturally, but has been created on a nano-scale, measured in billionths of a metre. The team hopes that one day the principles could be scaled up to make invisibility cloaks large enough to hide people.

The scientist?s study, led by Xiang Zhang, was published in the journals Nature and Science.

The researchers said the new system works like water flowing around a rock. Because light is not absorbed or reflected by the object, a person only sees the light from behind it ? rendering the object invisible.

The new material has ?negative refractive? properties, and a multi-layered ?fishnet? structure which is transparent over a wide range of light wavelengths.

The US government funded research could one day be used in military stealth operations, making snipers unseen and tanks vanish before the enemy?s eyes.

Technologically Advanced Boats

Technologically Advanced Boats military

Technology has begun to peek its head into every aspect of our lives. Almost every home has a computer and businesses would be lost without them. Even supermarkets have upgraded their check out systems. Knowing this it is not surprising that technology can also be found in our leisure activities. Boating is a great past time for those who enjoy the open seas. It is great even for just a leisurely afternoon on a lake. And it is even better for those who can now enjoy their favorite past time as well as not leave the world behind. There are now luxury sailing yachts with such technology as to be able to allow a person to take their work with them. As some may want to go sailing to get away from it all, others may want to do this but not be able to. If this is the case they need not worry, they can take out a boat with such technological equipment as computers and televisions. They can enjoy the view at the same time as sending an email.

The way the boats themselves are made is an advance in technology and allows those who take out high performance luxury catamarans to have smooth sailing, comfortably and with ease. The combination of technology is a great example of the technological advances that this generation has made. Boating was once a culture of escape and freedom and now it is still but also includes ways to stay connected to life and the world while on vacation.