Russia Is Facing Massive Cyber Attack (DDoS)


Russia is facing massive cyber attack. Hackers have shut down several Russian websites that provide independent election data, making state-controlled media one of the few widely accessible sources of information about today's parliamentary vote. The website of Golos.ru, the last remaining independent election-monitoring group based in Russia, was shut down early today. That group is partially financed by the European Commission. Also targeted were the websites of the Kremlin-critical Ekho Moskvy radio station, the "Moscow New Times," the weekly magazine "Bolshoi Gorod," and the news websites slon.ru and publicpost.ru.

"The attack on the website on election day is clearly an attempt to inhibit publication of information about violations," Moscow Echo editor-in-chief Alexei Venediktov wrote on Twitter.
Golos said it was the victim of a similar "distributed denial of service" (DDoS) attack, while several other opposition news sites were down. The Moscow Echo is popular among the liberal opposition although it is owned by state gas giant Gazprom. Golos said on Twitter that its main website as well as the website "Map of Violations" detailing claims of fraud across Russia were under "massive DDoS attacks". Golos head Liliya Shibanova said that the authorities seemed especially angry at their Map of Violations project, where people could upload any information or evidence of election violations.
"It's a very expensive operation," Shibanova said of the attacks. "It's a big organisation with plenty of means that must have done it."
She said the attack consisted of 50,000 hits per second by computers attempting to access the Golos website.



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