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    Cyberattacks on Russian Authorities Increase - Russian Security Council

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    Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said that Russian officials could be weakening national security by using foreign online messaging applications and internet search engines for work-related purposes.

    VLADIVOSTOK (Sputnik) — The number of hacker attacks on Russian networks online is increasing, Secretary of the Russian Security Council Nikolai Patrushev said Wednesday.

    “Today experts record a noticeable increase in the number of cyberattacks on information and telecommunication networks and information systems of the [Russian] authorities,” Patrushev said at a conference in the Russian Pacific city of Vladivostok.

    Experts report the presence of foreign intelligence code in Russian information systems, Patrushev added, stressing improved information protection in the country is required.

    Check-ups held by Russian technical control watchdogs and the Federal Security Service have revealed ineffective information protection in a number of Russian regions, particularly in the east of the state, according to Patrushev.

    "The use of information-communication resources located outside Russia by regional and local authorities for official purposes presents a serious danger," Patrushev said at a briefing in the Russian port city of Vladivostok.

    The security official emphasized that while the issue affected the entire country, "it is especially severe in the Far East."

    Patrushev named Google, Yahoo and WhatsApp as software used by regional authorities that generally should be discouraged.

    In May, Patrushev said Russia would revise its information security doctrine to reflect geopolitical developments. According to Patrushev, new threats and challenges have emerged in light of events of the Arab Spring, the crises in Syria and Iraq, and Ukraine conflict.


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