Russian tekkie admits to hacking Georgian sites

Interesting to see a report on Wired's blog section - written by tech guru Noah Shachtman - noting that a Russian tekkie has admitted to taking part in a mass hacking attack on several key Georgian Web sites during the August war against the Georgia.

At the time, the Russian military managed to divert the finger of blame for the site hacks and portal downings to a defunct criminal group.

However, Shachtman cites a report from the `Grey Goose' online expert community as saying that Russian tekkies - mainly working on thir own - were responsible for the hacks.

The $64,000 question, of course, is how much assistance did Putin and his comrades give the tekkie hackers?

The head tekkie is a self-confessed hacker called Leonid Stroikov, who has written an article on his (h)activities in the latest copy of Xekep (The Hacker) magazine, in which he admits hacking into the Web site of the Georgian Parliament.

In his feature, Stroikov said he wasn't able to break into his first few sites - the news site presa.ge and the search engine internet.ge - but he managed to gain access to the parliament.ge, the Web portal of the Georgian assembly.

First, he said he used an SQL injection technique to gain access to the site's list of users, then a brute force password attack to gain admin access to the site.

As reported at the time, the site was altered to show a slide shown comparing Georgia's president to Adolf Hitler. The site claimed it was "hacked by the South Ossetia Hack Crew."

The Wired blog report - as well as the Sydney Morning Herald investigation into the hacks - makes for interesting reading.

I wonder how it the revelations will go down in Premier Putin's office...