The Russian company’s website was hit by increased hacking in March, the cyber firm says

Events in Ukraine have targeted Russian government agencies and state-owned entities, including the Kremlin’s website, flagship carrier Aeroflot and major lender Sberbank, which have been found to have breach or temporary access issues.

Rostelecom-Solar, the cyber security arm of telecom company Rostelecom, said on Friday that it had noticed increased activity at the hacker forum on February 22-23, with widespread attacks on state authorities’ Internet resources starting on February 25.

“The main target of the attackers is going to be government assets,” Rostelecom-Solar said in a statement, adding that in the last three days alone, about 1,700 DDoS attacks against a government portal have been targeted.

Businesses have also become a target, especially the banking sector, which has been widely approved by Western powers.

“Rostelecom-Solar experts have noticed a significant increase in DDoS attacks in the commercial sector: more than 1,100 attacks were recorded here from March 1 to 10, which has already surpassed the full February figures,” Rostelecom-Solar said.

More than 450 attacks on banks have been recorded, more than four times the number in February.

Thomson Reuters 2022

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