The DDoS attacks against LJ (or certain LJ users) has been linked to Russia’s ongoing political campaign. They will hold legislative elections in December 2011, and presidental election in March 2012, according to the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS)’s ElectionGuide. I hope this doesn’t mean another year of DDoS attacks and LJ downtime, though it must be said that things seem pretty calm here at the moment.
Speaking of presidents, our fellow LJer, Dmitry Medvedev, is not amused about the attacks. (It looks as if every major news outlet worldwide has a version of that story.) Believe me, Sir, we are with you there.