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Massive cyber attack in Georgia: Thousands of websites, TV, president hacked

Christian Fernsby |
Thousands of websites in Georgia, including those of the president, courts and media, have been hacked in a massive cyberattack.

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The affected pages displayed a photo of Georgia's self-exiled former President Mikheil Saakashvili with an inscription "I'll be back!", Georgia's Interpress news agency reported on Monday.

Proservice, the owner of one of the affected servers, said on Monday evening it had so far managed to recover about 50 percent of the 15,000 websites hosted on its servers.

"Today, October 28, one of the largest cyberattacks on the cyber space of Georgia took place at dawn," Interpress quoted Proservice as saying.

"One of the targets of the attack is a server owned by Proservice, which hosts websites of state agencies, the private sector and media organisations. As a result of the attack, about 15,000 web pages located on the servers of the company were broken."

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili's website was "attacked by hackers this afternoon", her spokeswoman told AFP news agency.

"Law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident," Sopho Jajanashvili said.

The cyberattack also affected servers of Georgia's two major broadcasters, Maestro and Imedi TV, temporarily sending the television stations off the air.

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