A group of US hackers launched an unsuccessful cyber-attack on the website of the Russian Central Election Commission ahead of the country's local elections, media reports said.
The attack is thought to be have been staged by a company based in the city of San Francisco; it took place on Saturday at about 23:23 Moscow time, according to Central Election Commission head Vladimir Churov.
"Someone tried to hack our website and change the content of its data with an intensity of 50,000 requests per minute," Churov said.
He also heaped praise on the "brilliant" organization of the elections, something that Churov said could hardly have been achieved by Americans.
Local elections were held in most parts of Russia on Sunday; citizens in 83 regions voted in governors, legislators, and city council members.