Big surge in cyberattacks on Russia amid US hacking hysteria – Russian security chief

Sunday, January 15, 2017
By Paul Martin
15 Jan, 2017

While the US continues to publicly accuse Russia of numerous hacking attacks without providing any proof, it actually actively uses its own advantages in cyberspace for surveillance and intelligence purposes, Russia’s security chief has said.

“Obama’s administration accuses Russia of hacking attacks without giving any proof, but deliberately ignores the fact that all major internet servers are located on US territory and are used by Washington for intelligence and other purposes aimed at retaining [US] dominance in the world,” the head of Russia’s Security Council, Nikolay Patrushev, said in an interview with Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily.

He also stressed that Moscow has seen “a growing number of attempts to inflict damage to Russian information systems from abroad.” These attempts include “hacking attacks and unsanctioned collection of personal data” and involve the use of global internet operators and providers, with the methods of these cyberattacks constantly “evolving.”

Patrushev went on to say that Russia is pursuing a goal of forming an international system based on common rules of responsible behavior in cyberspace that would be equally applicable to all states. He added that Russia is also constantly improving its system of countering cybersecurity threats.

Earlier, the Russian president’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said in an interview with NBC News that Russia is not accusing US authorities of attempts to break into its government servers, despite numerous hacking attacks on the Russian president’s administration website carried out from US territory.

Russian president’s official website “is subjected to hacking attacks hundreds and sometimes even thousands of times a day,” Peskov said, adding that “some hackers attack this site from US territory” while others do it “from China, India or European countries.”

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