MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Russia's Kaspersky Lab cybersecurity company has reported an increase in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on the country's state websites, Kaspersky DDoS Protection Project Manager Alexey Kiselev told Sputnik on Thursday.
On Wednesday, a source close to the Bank of Russia told RIA Novosti that at least five large Russian banks had been targeted by moderate-intensity cyberattacks since November 8. The information was confirmed on Thursday by Kaspersky Lab.
"In the same period of time [since November 8] we observe an increased background [of hacker attacks] on the resources of state bodies. As for the other sectors, the situation is normal," Kiselev said.
"The fact that [part of the] devices involved in the botnet [attack] were located on the territory of the United States does not mean that the attackers were in the United States. Cybercriminals can be anywhere, modern techniques used by malicious users to launch cyberattacks allow doing it from anywhere the world," Kiselev said.
On Friday, NBC reported that US military hackers had penetrated Russia's electric grid, telecommunications networks and the Kremlin's command systems, making them vulnerable to attacks by secret US cyberweapons.