The spectre of politically-motivated hacking attacks has once again risen in Eastern Europe. Media websites in Belarus, in particular news site Charter97.org, are under a distributed denial of service attack. Charter97 has been unavailable for several days and under lower-level attack for much longer, security tools firm Arbor …
The war memorial
This is likely to be a part of the continuing escalation of discontent with the Belarussian govt. Google the row over the war memorial.
Every time I see all these cyberwords it makes me think of hackers shrinking down and getting into my computer Tron-style.
The Estonian cyberattacks happened in 2007, not 1997.
ethnically Russian region
Since when the Ossetia is "ethnically Russian separatist region"? Did you ever manage to see any ethnic "Russian" (I mean slavic) there?
largely inhabited by the Ossetians, an Iranian people who speak the Ossetian language (an Eastern Iranian language, Indo-European group of languages)
hold on, hold on
You're missing an important point here (or I am missing it in your report): Charter97 is an anti-Lukashenka (Europe's last dictator TM) website that has served as a hub for the Belarusian Human Rights movement. It has previously been hacked (they believe) by Belarusian child porn merchants linked to local law enforcement agencies: http://spring96.org/en/news/12371/
If the Russian state wanted to embarrass Lukashenka, they wouldn't block this website - in fact, quite the opposite. Although it is interesting that this comes at a time when the Russian Federation and Belarus are beefing about money and memorials.