Ukraine Crisis: Official Kremlin Website Down Amid Russian Invasion


The official web site of the Kremlin, the workplace of Russian President Vladimir Putin, kremlin.ru, was down on Saturday, following stories of denial of service (DDoS) assaults on varied different Russian authorities and state media web sites.

The outages got here as Ukraine’s Vice Prime Minister mentioned it had launched an ‘IT military’ to fight Russia in our on-line world.

On Wednesday, a newly found piece of damaging software program was discovered circulating in Ukraine, hitting a whole bunch of computer systems, in line with researchers on the cybersecurity agency ESET.

Suspicion fell on Russia, which has repeatedly been accused of hacks in opposition to Ukraine and different international locations. The victims included authorities businesses and a monetary establishment, Reuters beforehand reported.

Final week, Britain and america mentioned Russian army hackers have been behind a spate of DDoS assaults that briefly knocked Ukrainian banking and authorities web sites offline earlier than the Russian invasion.

Russia has denied the allegations.

Twitter accounts traditionally related to Nameless, the amorphous on-line activist group that first grabbed world consideration a few decade in the past, have additionally introduced plans to take intention at Russia’s on-line presence.

Russia-themed leaks and hacks attributed to the group have begun to percolate throughout the Net — though as is commonly the case with Nameless and with different hacker collectives the authenticity of the claims stay troublesome to ascertain.

It’s not uncommon for freelance or ideologically motivated hackers to leap into world conflicts on one facet or one other; comparable actions passed off throughout the Arab Spring uprisings.

On Thursday, Reuters reported that the Ukrainian authorities had put out a name to the hacker underground to assist help its underdog effort to beat again the Russians.

© Thomson Reuters 2022


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