Over the years, the world has become accustomed to the fact that Russian hackers pose a serious threat to corporations and infrastructure. But now it looks like Russia is dealing with the same issue on a large scale, forcing President Vladimir Putin to convene a meeting with the Security Council government.
Putin said on Friday that the frequency of cyber attacks on Russia by foreign “government agencies” has increased severalfold and that Russia needs to strengthen its cyber defense by reducing its dependence on foreign software and hardware.
“Targeted attempts are being made to disable the Internet resources of Russia’s most important information infrastructure. Serious attacks have been launched on the official websites of government agencies. Attempts to illegally penetrate the corporate networks of leading Russian companies are much more frequent, ”Putin said.
VTB, Russia’s second-largest bank, Avito’s Internet market, e-commerce wildberries Wildberries, Internet giant Yandex, food delivery company Delivery Club and RuTube video hosting are among the notable targets of these cyberattacks.
Raskomnadzor, Russia’s communications regulator, announced this week that it has shut down a website that stores the personal data of customers of a number of organizations. Meanwhile, VTB said that despite the leak of some customers’ phones, their cash is not threatened.
Hacking data in Yandex’s food delivery program in early March revealed the personal information of more than 58,000 customers, while another similar delivery club platform brought its users an apology after the data leak.
Cutting off The world
Putin said the focus on domestic technology and equipment is the biggest countermeasure, while noting that the sanctions have stopped technical support for foreign software and hardware.
According to Reuters, Putin said: “One of the instruments of sanctions pressure on Russia was restrictions on foreign IT, software and products. A number of Western suppliers have unilaterally stopped technical support for their equipment in Russia. “
Ever since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine, the Kremlin has blocked social media platforms to tighten control over the flow of information about the war. It has blocked major platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Moscow has long sought to strengthen its domestic Internet infrastructure, even disconnecting from the global Internet last summer for testing. But the Ministry of Communications said that ordinary users did not notice any changes after the test.
At that time, the state agency TASS reported that the tests analyzed the vulnerability of the Internet of Things and included an exercise to test the ability of “Runet” to withstand external negative influences.
It is reported that some experts predict that if Russia is disconnected from American and European products over a long period of time, it will turn to China for software and hardware.
According to the Russian digital rights organization Roskomsvoboda, the suspension of Russia’s Internet access could limit Russians’ access to factual information from abroad about the situation in Ukraine.
Disabling Russia’s Internet access could help the government, according to Romskomsvoboda, by providing a “suspicious and convenient reason” to quickly complete the isolation process [Russian internet] and residents of Russia from around the world.
According to reports, despite rumors of complete separation from the global Internet and the threat of increased censorship within the country, the massive rise in VPN traffic from Russia, and efforts to access information through the anonymous browser Tor is now clearly visible in Russia.
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