Daily Debrief: Online attack, retaliation in Russia-Georgia conflict

In Wednesday's edition of the Daily Debrief, CNET's Kara Tsuboi and Robert Vamosi discuss the latest exchange of cyberattacks between warring countries Russia and Georgia.

In Wednesday's edition of the Daily Debrief, CNET security expert Robert Vamosi and I discuss the latest exchange of cyberattacks between warring countries Russia and Georgia. It's been concluded that the initial attacks on the Georgian president's Web site were not the work of another government or sanctioned agency, but rather, amateurs whose country or origin is still unknown. Regardless, the Web site of a Russian newspaper has since come under attack in retaliation, most likely at the hands of the Georgians.

As Vamosi points out, there've been a handful of such attacks over the last decade: during the Kosovo conflict in the late '90s, between Russia and other former Soviet nations, and even during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Vamosi is also quick to mention that the United States, among other countries, is starting to develop contingency plans if a cyberattack were to happen on our soil, or rather, on any U.S. domains.

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Kara Tsuboi has covered technology news for CNET and CBS Interactive for nearly seven years. From cutting edge robotics at NASA to the hottest TVs at CES to Apple events in San Francisco, Kara has reported on it all. In addition to daily news, twice every week her "Tech Minutes" are broadcast to CBS TV stations across the country.

 

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