Before the Gunfire, Cyberattacks - NYTimes.com I held off a while before blogging about this to see a bit of the analysis come in after the initial flush of opinion. It seems clear that a cyber attack of some kind did take place against Georgia. It also seems clear that it was Russian in origin. It further seems clear that it was timed to coincide with the Russian land assault. It is an interesting characteristic of cyber warfare that it is almost impossible to determine if this was actually government controlled, directed, sponsored, or simply a independent sympathetic effort. It is hard to rule out a scenario like support from patriotic cyber criminal organizations. There is at least some evidence that such a scenario played at least some part in the attack. Because Georgia is such a minimally wired country, the actual impact of the attacks was negligible. I would assume there are few significant connections between Georgia and the rest of the Internet. If so, they should have been able to unplug from the rest of the net while deciding how to react. A country like the US or a nation in Europe or much of Asia would be much harder pressed to disconnect because of the tremendous diversity of international interconnections. Such countries are also much more vulnerable because they rely on the Internet for many critical functions. Additionally, enormous economic damage would result from such an attack.