Monday, August 11, 2008

Country of Georgia Turns to Blog to Communicate with World

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Russia and Georgia are at war, and the war includes Russia's hacking and/or taking down Georgia's official government websites. In one of the most unusual and creative uses of blogger, the Google blogging platform that hosts this blog and perhaps one million more, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Georgia is using blogspot as its method of communicating with the world. You can click here to see the government blog, which is available at http://georgiamfa.blogspot.com/. There is a complete list of the military actions taken by Russia. Some of the earlier information also appears on the English version of the website of the President of Poland at the request of the President of Georgia.

While the official websites are in Russian, the blog is in English. Although very troubling, the information is fascinating, with complete details of the Russian attacks. Georgia's military resources are very limited compared to those of Russia, and there is hope that the International community can help end this conflict.

Hat tip to Drudge, who linked this story with the details of the cyber war.

UPDATE: The AP is reporting that the President of the Country of Georgia has moved its website to a hosting facility located in the State of Georgia, USA, and that cyber attacks from Moscow and St. Petersburg are continuing. Computerworld has further information.

UPDATE 2: For the tech savvy, there is further information about the cyber attacks at ZDNet and Shadowserver.

UPDATE 3: At 6:20 PM Georgian Time on August 12, 2008, Georgian Public Broadcasting on its English language websiteis reporting that France (who has been helping Georgia) and Russia have reached an accord that may end the current hostilities.

7 Comments:

Blogger Ray said...

Georgia Turns to Blog To Communicate with World

I spoke today with a high ranking member of the Russian Federation embassy who was concerned about the situation in Georgia, we must not assume that all Russians are sympathetic to the wholesale bombing of civilians populations. He directed me to call the Press Attache Office in Washington D.C. at (202) 298-5748 after 10: AM ET to voice our concerns.

Aug 11, 2008, 9:41:00 PM  
Blogger Publia said...

Thank you, Ray, for the additional information.

Aug 12, 2008, 12:13:00 AM  
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