Massive Cyberattack Knocks Out Thousands of Websites in Georgia

A huge cyber-attack has knocked out thousands of websites – as well as the national TV station – in the country of Georgia.

Court websites containing case materials and personal data have also been attacked.

In many cases, website home pages were replaced with an image of former President Mikheil Saakashvili, and the caption “I’ll be back”.

The origin of the attack is not yet known.

BBC Caucasus correspondent Rayhan Demytrie said people on social media were speculating that Russia might be behind it.

She added that she had been told by cyber-security experts that Georgian government websites were “poorly protected and vulnerable to attack”.

More than 2,000 websites, including non-government organisations and private companies, were targeted.

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