Russian government sites face unprecedented cyberattacks – report

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Figures with computers and smartphones are seen in front of the words ‘Cyber ​​Attack’, binary codes and the Ukrainian flag, in this illustration taken February 15, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

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March 17 (Reuters) – Russian government websites are facing unprecedented cyberattacks and technical efforts are being made to filter foreign web traffic, TASS news agency quoted the digital ministry as saying on Thursday.

Russian government entities and state-owned companies have been targeted at events in Ukraine, with the Kremlin’s websites, flagship carrier Aeroflot (AFLT.MM) and major lender Sberbank (SBER.MM) among those experiencing attacks. outages or temporary access problems in recent weeks. Read more

The ministry was struggling to adapt to the new conditions, he said, as cyberattacks surged.

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“If before their power at peak times reached 500 gigabytes, now it is 1 terabyte,” the ministry said. “This is two to three times more potent than the most serious such incidents that have been previously reported.”

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

Tech companies will have access to preferential tax and loan terms and the digital ministry has previously suggested Russian IT companies discuss a phased transfer of tech support components with foreign firms.

Citing draft government documents, Interfax reported late Wednesday that the digital ministry had offered to allocate 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)

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Reporting by Reuters Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Frank Jack Daniel

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