Putin promises to strengthen Russia’s IT security in the face of cyberattacks

May 20 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Friday the number of cyberattacks against Russia by foreign “state structures” had increased several times and that Russia needed to strengthen its cyber defenses by reducing the use of software and hardware strangers.

The websites of numerous state-owned companies and news sites have suffered sporadic hacking attempts since Russia sent its armed forces to Ukraine on February 24, often to show information at odds with Moscow’s official line on the conflict. .

“Targeted attempts are underway to disable Russia’s critical information infrastructure internet resources,” Putin said, adding that the media and financial institutions had been targeted.

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“Serious attacks have been launched against the official sites of government agencies. Attempts to illegally penetrate the corporate networks of major Russian companies are also much more frequent,” he said.

In a meeting with the Security Council, Putin said Russia should improve information security in key sectors and switch to using domestic technology and equipment.

“Restrictions on computers, software and foreign products have become one of the tools of pressure for sanctions against Russia,” Putin said. “A number of Western vendors have unilaterally stopped technical support for their equipment in Russia.”

He said cases of programs crashing after being updated are becoming more frequent.


State communications regulator Roskomnadzor said on Wednesday it had blocked a website that hosted the personal data of a number of corporate customers. He did not name the companies.

Russia’s second-largest bank, VTB (VTBR.MM), was quoted by media as saying that some customers’ phone numbers had been leaked but there was no risk to their funds.

E-commerce player Wildberries and online marketplace Avito denied reports from Russian media that their data had been leaked.

A data leak in early March revealed the personal details of more than 58,000 people on tech giant Yandex’s (YNDX.O) food delivery app, Yandex.Eda. Read more

Yandex.Eda competitor Delivery Club apologized to users on Friday after suffering a data leak on orders placed by users.

“The data includes order information and does not affect bank details. We are doing our best to prevent the data from being disseminated,” TASS news agency quoted the company as saying.

Hacking attacks this month kept video hosting site RuTube offline for three days and changed satellite TV menus in Moscow on Victory Day, when Russia marked the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union victory over Nazi Germany. Read more

Moscow has long sought to improve its national internet infrastructure, even disconnecting from the global internet during tests last summer.

However, the unprecedented Western barrage of sanctions imposed in response to Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine has increased pressure to make Russian computer systems more resilient.

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Reuters reporting; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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