Why have hackers hit Russia’s most popular blogging service?

By Simon Shuster

Computer hackers have launched a massive attack on Russia’s favorite blogging service, LiveJournal, forcing a community of opposition bloggers to scatter and search for other ways to be heard

If the hacker attacks that hit Russia’s top blogging service, LiveJournal, this week are anything to go by, the unwritten rules of cyber warfare no longer apply. Instead of the focused assaults hackers often used to force down the websites of their ideological enemies, these attacks look more like online carpet bombing. Their victim is not one voice but the entire cacophonous world of the Russian blogosphere. And the motive, as close as experts have been able to figure, is to erode the virtual infrastructure of free speech itself.

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