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"Vast number" of cyberattacks on Russia from US, Europe

Summary of Disinformation

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.

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Reported in: Issue 139
Date: 27.02.2019
Language: English
Country: United States, Russia
Keywords: Internet, Cyber, Encircling Russia, Destabilising Russia
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: RT
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