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Russia: DDoS Attack Puts Down Several Political Websites As Cyberwar Escalates

Categories: Eastern & Central Europe, Russia, Breaking News, Digital Activism, Freedom of Speech, Governance, Media & Journalism, Politics, Technology, RuNet Echo

On February 9, 2012, following the widely-discussed leaks of pro-Kremlin mailboxes [1], LiveJournal, where the leaks were published, became temporarily unavailable, Lenta.ru reported [2] [ru]. Russian representative of Anonymous group @OP_Russia [3], suggested [4] [ru] that it was a DDoS attack to hide the evidence of massive wrongdoings [5] (including corruption, thievery, political provocations, and cybercrime) [ru] by Nashi youth movement. Later that day @OP_Russia took responsibility for taking down 3 websites of United Russia party: mos-partya.ru, er-region.ru, and er-kaluga.ru.