Disinfo: “Vast number” of cyberattacks on Russia from US, Europe

Summary

Russian government websites, including the official page of Russian President Vladimir Putin, “are permanently subjected to an enormous number of cyber-attacks … from Europe and North America.”

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative of attempts by Western governments to weaken and destabilise Russia.

Russian intelligence services have long been accused of targeting computer systems in the US and elsewhere, with a dozen of substantiated allegations made in the last two years alone. An analysis of high-profile cyber incidents since 2006 designates Russia as an "offender" in 98 cyberattacks globally, against 16 incidents where the country appears as a "victim." Conversely, US-based entities have been subjected to 117 such attacks, and perpetrated nine.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 139
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 27/02/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: Russia, US
  • Keywords: Internet, Cyber, Encircling Russia, Destabilising Russia

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Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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Disproof

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