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Russias Ministry of Digital Development and Communications announced on the 17th that “unprecedented” hacking attacks on the Russian government website and state media are continuing.
The Ministry of Digital Development and Communication said that the hacking attack was at least twice as large as previous attacks, and said, “In the past, peak-time traffic was 500 GB, but now it is 1 TB.”
On the evening of the 16th, an inscription appeared on the website of the Russian Ministry of Emergency Management, saying, “Come back alive from Ukraine.” The hotline number listed below has been replaced with a contact number for Russian military personnel who wish to be discharged or deserted. Hackers took over the website and modified the contents.
The news posted on the website of the Ministry of Emergency Management was also changed. The titles have been changed to “Don’t trust the Russian press – they are all lies” and “Russian default is imminent”, and clicking on it will take you to a page titled “All About the Ukrainian War”.
About 10 websites of Russian law enforcement agencies have posted mockery of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russians. This comes after Russia recently passed a law that penalizes anyone who spreads fake news about the Russian military or uses words like “war” or “invasion”.
A few days after Russias invasion of Ukraine, an article was posted on the website of the Russian state-run TAS news agency, “Call for an anti-war protest.”
Gosuurugi, a public service portal in Russia, has been down more than 50 times due to service blocking attacks.
Earlier this month, the websites of the Ministry of Culture, Federal prisons and the Federal Communications Commission were also hacked.