The Foreign Ministry saw the threat of a clash due to the “militarization of the information space”

The uncontrolled distribution of “virtual weapons” and the encouragement of their use “will not lead to good,” the Foreign Ministry said. Moscow promised to respond to hacker attacks on Russian facilities The Ministry of Foreign Affairs saw the threat of a clash due to the “militarization of the information space” />

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

The West is carrying out the “militarization of the information space”, which greatly increases the threat of a “direct military clash”, said Andrey Krutskikh, Special Representative of the President for International Cooperation in the Field of Information Security, Director of the Department of International Information Security of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The attempts [of the West] to turn it [the information space] into an arena of interstate confrontation have greatly increased the threat of a direct military clash with unpredictable consequences. Once again I want to repeat to those who do not immediately get it: the uncontrolled distribution of “virtual weapons” and encouraging its use will not lead to good, & mdash; he said.

At the beginning of the week, Krutsky, in an interview with Kommersant, reported a steady increase in the number of attacks on critical infrastructure in Russia using information and computer technology. In this regard, he was asked what kind of attacks he was talking about.

According to the presidential envoy, these are mainly DDoS attacks. To carry them out, attackers use “cyber volunteers” and use malware “based on the servers of Hetzner (Germany) and DigitalOcean (USA) supplier companies.” Foreign specialized platforms are also used (War.Apexi.Tech, Ban-Dera.com), the online capacities of IPstress.in and Google servers are regularly used, Krutskikh said. In May, according to him, in DDoS attacks on Russia's critical information infrastructure, including Rutube video hosting, “on a regular basis” more than 65,000 “sofa hackers” participated from USA, Turkey, Georgia and EU countries.

“Do not hesitate, Russia will not leave unanswered aggressive actions. How and where— find out for a fact. All of our steps will be measured, targeted in accordance with our legislation and international law,— said Krutskikh.

Sberbank estimates that more than 100,000 hackers are participating in the cyber war against Russia. In particular, the day after the start of the special operation in Ukraine, the Anonymous hacker group declared a cyberwar on Russia. On February 25, hackers claimed responsibility for a DDoS attack on ISP sites, government sites, and RT. Three days later, they hacked the websites of Russian media, including RBC, TASS, Izvestia newspapers; and Kommersant, which published anti-war messages.

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