Russians claim innocence in DOD cyber attack
The Russian Foriegn ministry has formally denied allegations that the Russian government was directly or indirectly involved in the cyber attack on Defense Department computer systems.
In a Nov. 28 article citing anonymous DOD officials, the Los Angeles Times reported that the virus attack, which struck hardest at computer networks in Iraq and Afghanistan, was believed to have originated in Russia. U.S. News and World Report, citing other anonymous DOD officials, said the finger was pointed at China.
The virus — which may or may not be the reason for the reported ban on removable media — by some reports may have affected as much as 75 percent of computer systems at one Afghani base and was reportedly tailored to go after military networks. ZDNet security blogger Adam O'Donnell, who is also director of emerging technologies at messaging security vendor Cloudmark, said that "signs point to state rather than non-state actors."
In its official statement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, in dismissing accusations that it had been involved with the cyber attack on DOD, on those on Estonia in 2007 and on Georgia during the Osetia crisis this year, "With global informatization and a growing common threat to all of the use of information-communications technology for hostile purposes, such ‘pitches,’ besides being unproven, are irresponsible."
Regardless of protests, it's clear that someone in Russia was involved in the cyber attacks on Georgia this summer — the command and control server for the Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack on the Georgian president's Web site was well known from previous attacks, and shared a Domain Name Service server with a DDOS attack-on-demand provider, Loads.cc — tied to the Russian Business Network, a cybercrime organization that began as an Internet service provider based in St. Petersburg. By some estimates, the RBN is involved in 60 percent of Internet criminal activity, and its founder allegedly has family ties to a high-ranking Russian politician.
Posted by Sean Gallagher on Dec 05, 2008 at 8:12 AM