Steve Watson – “Russia Today Website Targeted In Cyber Attacks”

Russia Today Website Targeted In Cyber Attacks
Site providing most accurate coverage of Georgia conflict hit by wave of DDoS attacks

Steve Watson | August 12, 2008

A major Russian media source that has provided key coverage of the conflict in Georgia has claimed that its website has come under a heavy bombardment of cyber attacks from an IP address registered to the Georgian capital.

A statement from the Russia Today website reads:

In the course of the last 24 hours RT’s website ( has endured numerous DDoS attacks, which have made it unavailable for some time. Channel’s security specialists say the initial attack was carried out from an IP-address registered in the Georgian capital Tbilisi. RT’s team apologizes for the inconvenience and gives a list of comprehensive external resources on the Georgian-South Ossetian conflict which can be used, should the attacks continue.

The news comes hours after the Georgian government claimed its websites were being attacked by the Russian military in a cyber warfare campaign.

As we have highlighted over the past two days, Russia Today has provided the most accurate coverage of the conflict, while the truth behind who is primarily responsible for the bloodshed unfolding in South Ossetia and surrounding areas has been buried by the western corporate media.

While pro-western establishment media arms such as the BBC have displayed exceptional bias in painting Russia as the villains of the entire piece and have given carte blanche to the Georgian point-of-view, Russia Today has accurately reflected the reality that Georgia was responsible for the first provocation – which itself amounted to a war crime – that launched the conflict.

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Russia Today also broke the story we covered this morning concerning CNN’s attempts to blatantly mislead viewers by airing footage of Georgian forces attacking Russian civilians in Tskhinvali, the provincial capital of South Ossetia, but then claiming it was footage of Russians attacking Georgians in the Georgian town of Gori.

Russia Today has since maintained a balance in its coverage giving perspectives from both the Georgian and South Ossetian sides, while only a smattering of articles from western outlets have acknowledged the stone cold reality that the U.S. and NATO are covertly supporting the Georgian army in a proxy war with Russia.

Indeed, other Russian media outlets such as Izvestia and Kommersant have also reflected this, while our own corporate media continues to rampantly spin and skew reality to the fit the geopolitical agenda of our governments.

The brutal truth of the situation is that the Russian media, for the last eight years subjected to extreme suppression and limitation by Vladimir Putin’s nationalist government, is still more accurate, truthful and balanced than American, British and European media.

Meanwhile, it has been left to Iranian news site Press TV to report that Georgian troops are still attempting provocations against Russian forces, leading to further Russian bombardments despite this morning’s announcement of an end to military operations by the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

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