Georgia accuses Russia of widespread cyber attack

  • Georgia says that Russia carried out the cyber attack in October 2019. Photo:, 20 Feb 2020 - 17:56, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian Foreign Ministry has stated that on October 28, 2019, the Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate (GRU) Main Center for Special Technologies carried out a ‘widespread, disruptive cyber attack’ against web pages and servers of Georgian governmental agencies, court and media organisations.

The attack caused serious damage to the web pages and servers. The cyberattack aimed to undermine Georgia’s national security, harming the Georgian population, disrupting the functioning of government agencies, as well as various organizations, and stirring commotion in public,” Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Vladimir Konstantonidi said earlier today. 

He stated that Georgia investigated the attack with the help of its international partners.

Georgia strongly condemns the attack, which contradicts international principles and regulations, and is another attempt against Georgian sovereignty and its Euro-Atlantic integration and development,” Konstantinidi said. 

Georgian Foreign Ministry has urged the international community to give a due assess to the attack. Photo: RFE/RL. 

He stated that the cyber attack once again confirmed the importance of national, cyber security efforts and the creation of an international partnership for cyber security.

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili has condemned the Russian cyber attack, saying this is an attack on the "sovereignty and national security" of Georgia aimed "to paralyse the activities of state institutions".

Konstantinidi said that Georgia will continue close cooperation with international partners in cyber security and urged the international community to “give a due assessment to the attack.”