Press release on cyber security activities of some countries

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On December 11, 2018, a briefing of the National Coordination Centre for Computer Incidents (NCCCI) was held in Moscow. The Deputy Director of the Centre Nikolay Murashov stressed that the Russian Internet resources have always been subjected to heavy cyber-attacks from a wide range of foreign countries.

In 2018 Russian State System of Detection, Prevention and Liquidation of Consequences of Computer Attacks (GosSOPKA) identified more than 4.3 billion computer attacks on Russian critical information infrastructure with more than 17 thousand identified as most dangerous. In comparison with 2017 the number of attacks has almost doubled. Most of the attacks were committed on “Direct line with Vladimir Putin — 2017” (June 15), the day of the Presidential elections in 2018 (March 18) and the 2018 FIFA World Cup (June 14 - July 15, 2018).

Commenting on the attempts to interfere in the Presidential elections, N.Murashov added that the main target was the failure of the CCTV systems of the voting process across the country, which would be a prerequisite for waging a campaign to discredit the final results. According to him, in 86 countries of the world operated a botnet of 30 thousand computers every day, each bot has generated 15 billion requests to DNS servers.

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