“A cyber attack on Friday paralyzed the website of a popular Russian independent newspaper, days after similar attacks knocked out Russia’s most popular blogging site, Live Journal.

The Novaya Gazeta newspaper’s website went down early Friday after a massive denial-of-service attack, Dmitry Muratov, the newspaper’s editor, told The Associated Press.

Muratov said the attacks aim to “discredit the public platforms which express alternative points of views.” He said he believed the attacks are linked to Russia’s 2011 parliamentary election and its presidential election in 2012.”

From The Globe and Mail