There is an ongoing cyberattack on Russia’s Central Election Commission, targeting its information center, the body’s secretary has said. The commission’s website earlier came under a DDoS attack from 15 countries.
“We are registering what is in fact a cyberattack on our information center,” the commission’s secretary, Maya Grishina, said.
The commission’s website was also attacked soon after voting began. A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack peaked between 2am and 5am on Sunday, chairperson Ella Pamfilova said.
The attack originated from 15 countries, according to Pamfilova.
The head of the state corporation Rostelecom, Mikhail Oseyevsky, earlier said that cyberattacks on various Russian websites surged in the days prior to the election. On Saturday, Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor and online news outlet Lenta were attacked.
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13th March 2018 - Cyber-attacks against Russia may follow attempted nerve agent killing in UK
'Offensive cyber-attacks against Russia are reported to be among options under consideration by the UK if it is dissatisfied with Russia's explanation by midnight today of the use in this country of Russian nerve agent Novichok.
Either Russia has lost control of its nerve agents, or, suggests UK Prime Minister Teresa May, there has been, “an unlawful use of force by the Russian state against the United Kingdom.”
Talking on BBC TV News at Ten last night, diplomatic correspondent James Landale explained to viewers that potential responses included, “Possibly even conducting offensive cyber-operations against Russia,” adding that, “none of these have been ruled out.” In addition he suggested that responses could also include expulsion of many Russia diplomats, a clampdown on Russian TV station RT, and seizing of UK assets of Russians guilty of human rights abuses.'
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