Russia facing increased cyber attacks from abroad: Official
16 Jan 2017 - 0:04
Moscow: Russia is facing increased cyber attacks from abroad, a senior security official was quoted yesterday as saying, responding to Western accusations that Moscow is aggressively targeting information networks in the United States and Europe.
US intelligence agencies say Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a cyber campaign aimed at boosting Donald Trump’s electoral chances by discrediting his Democrat rival Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential campaign.
Russia has dismissed the accusations as a “witch-hunt”.
“Recently we have noted a significant increase in attempts to inflict harm on Russia’s informational systems from external forces,” Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s Security Council, told Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily.
“The global (Internet) operators and providers are widely used, while the methods they use constantly evolve,” said Patrushev, a former head of FSB secret service and a close ally of Putin.
Patrushev accused the US administration of President Barack Obama of “deliberately ignoring the fact that main Internet servers are based on the territory of the US and are used by Washington for intelligence and other purposes aimed at retaining its global domination”.