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ESET Reports Massive Cyber-assaults on Russian Political Websites

According to investigators from the well-known provider of security solutions ESET, some Russian websites where there's debates on political issues, are presently subjected to large instances of cyber-attacks.

Actually, numerous people on the Russian streets in various cities have come down to protest owing to the outcomes of the elections which were conducted on December 4, 2011. These protests are against the existing ruling political party blamed for manipulating the elections so as for ensuring the majority of the votes in its favor.

As anticipated, during the 21st Century, hackers along with routine surfers on the Web are visiting social networking websites and other forums to post their opinions, but seemingly cyber-crooks in favor of the existing government wish for silencing them.

One forum namely Superjedi.ru where in a particular page political discussions are held, came under severe spam attack from a network of bots, which infected systems with a malicious program known as Win32/Flooder.Ramagedo.

This forum showed a message that unknown people were launching severe Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) assaults on it; however, all efforts were being applied for getting the forum in its usual working state.

It appears the same botnet, which attacked Superjedi.ru, is presently attacking one more website called attrition.org since 21 days. This website has a section containing various errors as well as their corrections that seeks to inform visitors of the errors, lies, plagiarisms, frauds and omissions that occur due to security industry players. Also, it is likely that one individual is attacking this website because he is unhappy about his name coming on it, the ESET investigators remark. Blog.eset.com reported this, December 12, 2011.

Evidently, the above dual instances represent well how DDoS assaults are getting utilized for censoring matters. Taking the gathered clues into consideration, these assaults are occurring through approximately 4,500 PCs. Although this number represents comparatively low for any bot-network, it's enough for preventing website access when bandwidth usage is low as well as there's no DDoS safeguard.

Meanwhile, similar DDoS assaults were seen on the LiveJournal blog, Golos an election monitoring site, and many other sites that disapproved the existing regime.

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