Tag Archives: cyber-warfare

Hackers attack Uzbek regional websites

JAN. 6 2021 (The Bulletin) — Hackers attacked the websites of regional government agencies in Uzbekistan’s Surkandarya region. The attacks highlighted lax cyber security in Uzbekistan. Media said that the attacks may also be retaliation against the regional head of the southern Surkandarya region who allegedly mistreated IT staff. Surkandarya regional government has not commented.


— This story was first published in issue 467 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin

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Russia denies that it launched cyberattack against Georgia

FEB. 21 2020 (The Bulletin) — Russia denied accusations made in February by Britain and the US that it was behind a massive cyber-attack against Georgia in October 2019 that paralysed thousands of websites. “This is synchronised propaganda organised by Washington, London, Tbilisi and others,” it said in a statement.

— This story was first published in issue 438 of the Central Asia & South Caucasus Bulletin

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Hackers target Kazakh defence ministry

APRIL 23 2017 (The Conway Bulletin) — Hackers defaced the front page of Kazakhstan’s ministry of defence website, less than three months after the government ordered a $74m programme to boost cyber security. Cyber security experts have said that the Kazakh internet security infrastructure is weak. The profit.kz website reported that hackers promoting a free Palestine defaced the mod.gov.kz website for an hour.


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(News report from Issue No. 326, published on April 28 2017)

Kazakhstan to spend $74m on cyber security

ALMATY, FEB. 13 2017 (The Conway Bulletin) — Kazakh Finance ministry said it will spend 23.9b tenge ($74.2m) reinforcing its cyber security in a programme it has dubbed CyberGuard, although government critics have said that monitoring opposition activists rather than Islamic terrorists is the main aim of the project.

The project was ordered by Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev who identified in his annual state-of-the-nation speech on Jan. 30 lax cyber security as a problem in fighting Islamic extremists.

Beibut Atamkulov, head of the CyberGuardprogramme, said that progress on the programme had been swift.

“There is a centralised system of communication management called digital border,” he told the media. “We have created security certificates which will allow us to restrict access to illegal information that is encrypted within the borders of our country.”

Experts said this certificate will increase government control over what citizens are sending, receiving and reading on the internet.

Arman Abdrasilov, an Astana- based cyber expert, told The Bulletin that Kazakhstan was copying Russia.

“This is the path Russia has passed along, saying it needed this to tackle terrorism and therefore justifying access to private conversations. We have simply copied the Russian experience,” he said.

Amnesty International human rights group released a report on Feb. 9 on the crackdown of dissenters in social media. The report said the so-called “national security certificate allows the authorities to scan communications sent over the HTTPS protocol, and block access to individual webpages.”


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(News report from Issue No. 317, published on Feb.17 2017)

Hackers attack Kazakh websites

ALMATY, JAN. 30 2017 (The Conway Bulletin) — Hackers attacked 21 Kazakh government websites, the ministry of information said, raising concerns over the state’s cyber security.

The sites were attacked on Jan. 28. The ministry blamed the servers that hosted the websites but IT expert said the vulnerability of government websites was a well-known problem.

In a press statement, the Kazakh information ministry said: “These [hacking] cases happened because of an absence of control from the owners of internet resources who did not update the systems in time, proper protection, identification of the incident and signing a contract with unreliable clients.”

Arman Abdrasilov, a Kazakh cyber security expert, said that the hacking had been far wider than just the government websites. He said that, in total, 323 websites had been attacked.

He told The Conway Bulletin that government websites are regularly attacked but that the government covers the hacks.

“Twenty-one sites at once. It says that this is a systematic mistake and links back to the government’s attitude in general. We’ve been raising the [vulnerability] questions for at least three years,” Mr Abdrasilov said.

“Security of the whole system is equal to the security of its weakest part.”

The next day (Jan.31), Nazarbayev talked about cyber security threats in his annual state-of-the-nation address. He ordered security services to boost their various defences.

The hacked websites included the north Kazakhstan regional government website and the natural resources department in the Almaty city government.


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(News report from Issue No. 315, published on Feb. 3 2017)