Russia Warns Of Planned Cyberattacks On Banks
December 02, 2016
Russia's main domestic security agency says it is taking measures to foil a plot by unspecified foreign intelligence services to launch "large-scale" cyberattacks from December 5 aimed at disrupting the activities of a number of major Russian banks and at destabilizing the country's financial system.
The Federal Security Service (FSB) said on December 2 that the computer servers involved in the planned attacks were located in the Netherlands and were registered to Ukrainian web-hosting company BlazingFast.
A statement said the attacks would be accompanied by a stream of text messages and posts on social networks containing claims of an imminent collapse of Russia's major banks and the financial system's breakdown.
It said the attack would target several dozen Russian cities.
Russia's central bank said it was aware of the threat, adding that it had drawn up a plan to counteract any attack.
"The situation is under control," it said. "Banks have been given necessary guidance."
The director of Kyiv-based BlazingFast, Anton Onoprichuk, said no intelligence agency had been in touch with his company. He also said he was waiting for more information so the company could investigate.
Based on reporting by Reuters, Interfax, and AP
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