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    Foreign Intel Services Prepared Major Cyberattacks on Russia's Financial System

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    Foreign intelligence services presumably of Ukrainian origin are planning cyberattacks to destabilize Russia's financial system starting next Monday, Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) said.

    "The FSB received information about preparations by foreign intelligence services for large-scale cyberattacks starting December 5, 2016, in order to destabilize Russia's financial system, including the activities of a number of major Russian banks," the FSB said in a statement Friday.

    It noted that an investigation uncovered servers belonging to Ukraine's BlazingFast hosting company located in the Netherlands. The cyberattack on several Russian cities is said to be accompanied by mass SMS text messages and social network publications of a provocative nature undermining Russia's credit and financial system, it added.

    The Russian Federal Security Service further said in the statement that it is taking measures to neutralize any threats to the country's economic and information security in connection with the planned attacks.

    The Ukrainian hosting company BlazingFast has confirmed that it has clients in the Netherlands, promising to investigate the issue.

    "Yes, we have [clients] in the Netherlands. Since you called and this information has appeared somewhere, we will quickly begin to investigate," the BlazingFast hosting company spokesperson said Friday.

    In October, the US Department of Homeland Security and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statement formally accusing Moscow of attempting to influence the US election by hacking into servers belonging to the DNC. It followed a series of informal accusations against Russia for the hacks, also made without evidence. Russia has denied these claims, with President Vladimir Putin calling the allegations an attempt to distract American voters from domestic issues.

    In November, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that hackers from Russia could try to interfere with general elections in Germany next year.


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      isn't that declaration of war?
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      and merkel is pathetic!
    • choticastile
      How any country on the planet can trust Angela Merkel is beyond understanding! She is a complete Zionist NWO puppet and China would do well to guard its back! --
    • choticastilein reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, She's cunning to the nth degree-- without even a vestige of conscience. God help Germany!
    • choticastilein reply tokarlitozulu(Show commentHide comment)
      karlitozulu, Yes-- War in a different, but no less lethal theatre.
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      michaelin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, because sure as heck the us won't! :)
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      The obonga administration will try until the last seconds of there power to start a war with Russia !!! to stay in power !!!
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      If Merkel is so worried that Russian interference could make her lose the elections next year, because that is what it is all about, why not use pencils and paper forms? Or would that prevent pro-Merkel interference?
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      This is a BLUNDER of inaction and LAZY BONES , instead of end MAIDAN. That's run by BIDEN. And CIA Poroschenko , YATS and others.
      It's all a CIA bull horn and E.U U.K similar orgs. NATO is at it too.
      They could PING from Russia.
      Make in it look like it originated from Russia.

      Kaspersky, Rostec and others can find solutions, even check IF the lines are safe.

      Banks make cash. Enough to pay for such security . Russia needs own internet, and gov keeps shifting feet and asking questions.
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      Forgot. They THINK they safe. Russia can arrest , for this. U.S also do it.
      But Russia is taking FOREVER to act.
      They going to keep the BULL HORN, until Putin is no longer a president. THEN they may get to know what Russia is capable of.
      By then perhaps China and Russia are a full fledged military alliance.
      NATO will pack their garbage and go to Gibraltar to PROTECT from immigrants and will FORGET Russia.
    • choticastilein reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, When during the US elections-- KKlinton and the whole US garbage can leadership, accused Russia of hacking and cyber attacking their miserable election circus-- I already thought, this was a calculated strategy, to serve as a warrant for a cyber attack they were already setting up to hit Russia with-- as they'd rigged KK to win and when she lost, they now only have a small window before Trump becomes POTUS-- and desperate to create complete havoc with Russia, they're speeding up their attacks on Russia. Russia should be on A-PLUS alert-- as even their aggressive lies about Aleppo-- turned sour on them-- to the extent that even Israel and its servant Turkey-- are showing their dastardly agendas-- IMHO, Russia cannot afford to trust the US or ANY of these countries, as they are all one clique, who will not deviate from their evil One World Government, NWO plans until they're ABSOLUTELY defeated on their own turf.

      Whether Trump is going to stand up against them and join Russia and China in defeating them-- is still an unknown quantity. We can only hope he is going to come up trumps! (laughing)
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      michaelin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, sadly I think that merely defeating them will not stop them. It will have to be something permanent.
    • choticastilein reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, That is exactly what I mean -- that it will have to be permanent. And the only way in which to achieve it in today's lethally weaponized word, is to hit the global bankster gangsters with a final Kill Shot-- collapse their global hijacking bankster empire. I mean, look at what they were planning to do here with Russia-- hit her banking system-- so yes, its was always clear it would move to the final theatre which is all about money-- about the world being ruled by western money, in the hands of a few and their global corporations. I personally think, all the gold entrusted to the US by so many countries, which disappeared without trace -- is hidden away in Antarctica, hence Kerry's visit there-- where I wouldn't be surprised they have always worked hand in glove with with their ET partners. Call me weird-- I hold that this is what its all about and that the picture is far bigger than what anyone of us may conceive of. However, there are earth friendly aliens who are working with Russia for the good of not only mankind, but for the ongoing existence of our little solar system-- which if harmed or destroyed, would affect these off planet races, because they long since interact with and share our neighbourhood within the Milky Way galaxy with us.
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