Kremlin Hackers Squashing Free Speech?
Enemies of the Kremlin have suddenly found themselves under attack by hackers; their Web sites crippled under a siege of coordinated and widespread attacks the scale of which only the Kremlin could finance, they say.
The victims, which include opposition parties and independent media outlets are being hammered with Distributed Denial of Service attacks, which is when computers that have been hacked are remotely controlled and tasked with inundating a Web site with request after request after request until it the site finally blows a fuse and shuts down. The attacks being waged against these groups is sometimes a million computers strong, and is strikingly similar in nature to the attacks unleashed on Estonia early last May after a political dust up with the Kremlin over a Soviet-era war memorial. A Russian political analyst has even gone on record claiming that it's a senior associate of Russian President Vladimir Putin who's behind the hack warfare.
Surprise, surprise: The Kremlin has denied any involvement.
From USA Today