Down but Not Out

When I first saw reports–I think on Reuters–that the DDOS attack that brought down and to a crawl on Thursday was directed at knocking one blogger in Georgia (country, not state) off line, I was somewhat skeptical. But this morning it was in the New York Times, so It Must Be True ™ there might be something to it.

Here’s a link to the story in today’s Times. Here’s one to yesterday’s Reuters story. The blogger is looking back at last year’s Russo-Georgian tussel and someone, probably in Russia, doesn’t like it.

There is a moral to this story.

The world didn’t end because Twitter was down for a few hours and or because I was unable to load Facebook for 15 or 20 minutes. No buildings fell down, no one died, no great tsunamis crashed into Malibu Beach.

(Indeed, in that 15 or 20 minutes, I could have done something useful. I didn’t, but I could have. And some I know consider a Twitter outage to be a blessing–but that’s another rant.)

Take all the about “CyberWar” with several pounds of salt. And pepper.

And consider the source of most of that hype: Persons who trade in security stuff.

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