Georgian Interior ministry reports cyber attacks on party, state agency websites

Georgian Interior ministry reports cyber attacks on party, state agency websites

Georgia's Ministry of Internal Affairs and the ruling Georgian Dream party have reported ongoing cyber attacks on their websites.

Party chairperson Mamuka Mdinaradze said local media the "massed" digital operation was aimed at "destabilising" the political situation in the country.

Mdinaradze said in comments to the press "all party websites" and interior ministry pages were under attacks that prevented uploading of news material and releases but expressing confidence professionals would "soon solve the issue".

The party official told reporters an investigation would reveal people "behind a plan for destabilisation" while speaking about the digital attack following the arrest of United National Movement opposition party leader Nika Melia earlier in the morning.

"A massed cyber attack is ongoing against both the Georgian Dream websites and those of state agencies. We believe it to be part of a plan the [opposition] could not succeed in today - ultimately, they did not dare resist the law, resist the state," cited the ruling party official as saying.

Relating the attack on his party's online resources with the arrest, the Georgian Dream chairperson said the government would withstand any "additional destructive measures" undertaken against it, as political tensions reached a high point during the early part of the day.

On its part, the interior ministry reported attacks originating from "a number of countries" against its "computer infrastructure", noting digital security services of the ministry had neutralised the action and launched an investigation into its origins.