Russian Government Sites Face Unprecedented Cyber ​​Attacks – Report

FILE PHOTO: Image shows figures with computers and smartphones in front of the Ukrainian flag
FILE PHOTO: Figures with computers and smartphones can be seen in front of the words “Cyber ​​Attack”, binary codes and the Ukrainian flag in this February 15, 2022 illustration. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

March 17, 2022

(Reuters) – Russian government websites are facing unprecedented cyberattacks and technical efforts are being made to filter foreign web traffic, the TASS news agency quoted the Digital Ministry as saying on Thursday.

Russian government agencies and state-owned companies have been targeted over events in Ukraine, including the websites of the Kremlin, flagship airline Aeroflot and major lender Sberbank, which have experienced outages or temporary access problems in recent weeks.

The ministry is working to adapt to the new conditions, it said, as cyber attacks increased.

“Where their performance used to reach 500 gigabytes at peak times, it’s now at 1 terabyte,” the ministry said. “This is two to three times stronger than the most serious incidents of this type that have been reported.”

As Russia becomes increasingly isolated from global financial systems and supply chains, the government has proposed a range of measures to support the IT sector, among others.

Tech firms will have access to tax and credit breaks, and the Digital Ministry has previously suggested that Russian IT firms discuss a phased transfer of tech support components with foreign firms.

Citing draft government documents, Interfax reported late Wednesday that the Digital Ministry had proposed allocating 14 billion rubles ($134.30 million) to support IT companies in the form of grants.

Reuters could not immediately verify this report.

($1 = 104.2470 rubles)

(Reuters report, edited by Raissa Kasolowsky and Frank Jack Daniel) Russian Government Sites Face Unprecedented Cyber ​​Attacks – Report

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