2,000 Georgia websites hacked in cyber-attacks- Comment

It has been reported that some 2,000 websites in Georgia, including those of the president, courts, and media were hacked in a massive cyber-attack today. They displayed a photo of Georgia’s exiled former president Mikheil Saakashvili with an inscription “I’ll be back!”

Interpress said the website for Georgia’s general jurisdiction courts as well as websites of a number of government agencies, NGOs and media outlets were also hit by cyber-attacks. The attack also affected servers of Georgia’s two major broadcasters, Maestro and Imedi TV, temporarily sending the television stations off the air.

Commenting on this, Jonathan Knudsen, senior security strategist at Synopsys, said The cyber-attacks in Georgia demonstrate once again the shaky infrastructure upon which so much of our world is built. We use software to do business, to run government, and to communicate. Software is critical infrastructure, but the functionality we’ve assembled has far outpaced our ability to make it secure and resilient. Such a coordinated, widespread attack almost certainly is the work of another nation state, and is likely intended to promote the attacker’s geopolitical agenda.

 

“While defence against a well-resourced tsunami of attacks is very challenging, the entire software ecosystem is evolving to a state where mounting such attacks will become increasingly difficult. Organisations worldwide are understanding that a security-first approach to software development, and a growing awareness of the complex supply chain of software is helping to make software that is safer, more secure, and more resilient.”

 

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