The country of Georgia was hit with a massive cyber attack in October 2019











A huge cyber-attack has knocked out more than 2,000 websites - as well as the national TV station - in the country of Georgia in Oct 2019. 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".

It appears that the Georgian government websites were "poorly protected and vulnerable to attack". More than 15,000 pages were affected, including the presidential website, non-government organizations and private companies.


Who is the former president of Georgia? Mikheil Saakashvili was in power in Georgia between 2004 and 2013, serving two terms as president. He gave up his Georgian citizenship in 2015, when he become governor of Ukraine's Odessa region. He was deported from Ukraine in 2018 after falling out with his predecessor - but his Ukrainian citizenship was restored in May 2019. Mr Saakashvili is wanted in Georgia on criminal charges, which he claims are politically motivated.

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