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[ISN] Kommersant Accuses Nashi Hackers


By Nabi Abdullaev
Staff Writer
The Moscow Times
March 14, 2008

The Kommersant newspaper has complained to police and prosecutors about 
a massive hacker attack on its web site, which it suspects was 
orchestrated by the pro-Kremlin youth group Nashi.

The attacks on the newspaper's web site began last week, Kommersant 
lawyer Georgy Ivanov said, and the site remained paralyzed for much of 

Meanwhile, entering the Russian expletive "zasrantsy," or assholes, in 
popular Internet search engines Yandex, Yahoo and Google returned links 
to the Kommersant site Thursday.

The Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, attacks on the Kommersant 
site come in the wake of an enigmatic recent campaign against the 
independent-minded daily in which young people on the street were 
distributing rolls of toilet paper.

Printed on the toilet paper was the Kommersant logo, a letter 
purportedly from editor-in-chief Andrei Vasilyev and the cell phone 
number of Kommersant reporter Yulia Taratuta.

Vasilyev said the letter printed on the toilet paper was a forgery.

Taratuta penned an article published in January in which an unidentified 
Kremlin official was quoted as calling Nashi activists "jubilant street 
punks" and saying their services were no longer needed.

Kommersant filed complaints to city police and city prosecutors 
Wednesday over the toilet-paper incident and hacker attacks, Ivanov said 

"We don't mention Nashi in our complaints because there are no legal 
grounds to do so," Ivanov said.

The DDoS attacks on the Kommersant site were increasing Thursday, he 

A City Prosecutor's Office spokeswoman said investigators were looking 
into the complaints. She declined to elaborate.

Nashi spokeswoman Kristina Potupchik denied group's involvement in the 
attacks on the Kommersant site and the toilet paper campaign.

Earlier this month, a detailed plan on how to disrupt the newspaper's 
operations -- including hacker attacks -- purportedly authored by 
Potupchik and several other senior Nashi members began making the rounds 
of the Russian blogosphere.

Potupchik said Thursday that the plan was "a fake."

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