Official Kremlin website down amid war in Ukraine

MOSCOW — The official Kremlin website, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office,, was down on Saturday, following reports of denial of service (DDoS) attacks on various other government websites. Russian and state media.

The outages came as Ukraine’s deputy prime minister said he had launched a “computer army” to fight Russia in cyberspace. Read the full story

On Wednesday, newly discovered destructive software was circulating in Ukraine, hitting hundreds of computers, according to researchers from cybersecurity firm ESET.

Suspicion has fallen on Russia, which has been repeatedly accused of hacking Ukraine and other countries. Victims included government agencies and a financial institution, Reuters previously reported.

Last week, Britain and the United States said Russian military hackers were behind a series of DDoS attacks that briefly took Ukrainian banking and government websites offline before the attack. Russian invasion.

Russia has denied the allegations.

Twitter accounts historically associated with Anonymous, the amorphous online activist community that first gained global attention a decade ago, have also announced plans to target Russia’s online presence. .

Russia-themed leaks and hacks attributed to the group have begun to spread across the web – although, as is often the case with Anonymous and other hacking collectives, the authenticity of the allegations remains unclear to establish.

It is not uncommon for independent or ideologically driven pirates to engage in global conflicts on one side or the other; similar actions took place during the Arab Spring uprisings.

On Thursday, Reuters reported that the Ukrainian government had appealed to underground pirates to help support their efforts to push back the Russians.

(Reporting by Andrew Osborn; Additional reporting by Raphael Satter and James Pearson; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Diane Craft and Daniel Wallis)


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