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Attack on Twitter, Facebook and Livejournal politically motivated, targeted pro-Georgian blogger

Pro-Georgia blogger 'George' target of Twitter attack

updated 2:54 p.m. EDT, Fri August 7, 2009

By Hilary Whiteman
CNN

LONDON, England (CNN) -- A blogger believed to be the target of the attack that brought down Twitter Thursday has told CNN the cyber assault was politically motivated and timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the Russia-Georgia conflict.

"Cyxymu" has identified himself to CNN as "George," and the owner of the Twitter, Facebook and LiveJournal accounts named by Facebook's security officer as being the target of a coordinated online attack.

George told CNN in an e-mail his username is "the name of my home town, the capital of Abkhazia (Sokhum) written in Russian and typed in Latin letters."

He confirmed he is 34 years old and based in Tbilisi, Georgia, but declined to give further information which may reveal his identity.

George told CNN his blogposts may have "irritated" someone enough to incite a cyber attack.

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