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Inside Cyber Warfare, 2nd Edition by Jeffrey Carr

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Chapter 2. The Rise of the Nonstate Hacker

List of first goals for attacks is published on this site: http://www.stopgeorgia.ru/?pg=tar. DDoS attacks are being carried for most of the sites/resources at the moment. All who can help—we enlist. Please leave your suggestions for that list in that topic.[1]

Administrator, StopGeorgia.ru forum post, August 9, 2008

The StopGeorgia.ru Project Forum

On August 8, 2008, the Russian Federation launched a military assault against Georgia. One day later, the StopGeorgia.ru Project forum was up and running with 30 members, eventually topping out at over 200 members by September 15, 2008.

Not only did it launch with a core group of experienced hackers, the forum also featured a list with 37 high-value targets, each one vetted by whether it could be accessed from Russian or Lithuanian IP addresses. This was done because the Georgian government began blocking Russian IPs the month prior when the President of Georgia’s website was knocked offline by a DDoS attack on July 21, 2008.

In addition to the target list, it provided members with downloadable DDoS kits, as well as advice on how to launch more sophisticated attacks, such as SQL injection.

StopGeorgia.ru was not the only forum engaged in organized nationalistic hacking, but it serves as a good example of how this recent extension of state warfare operates in cyberspace. In addition to this forum, an IRC channel was created on irc.dalnet.ru, called #stopgeorgia.

At StopGeorgia.ru, there was a distinct ...

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