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Russia is facing ‘unprecedented’ cyber attacks with Aeroflot and major bank among websites hacked, Kremlin admits

  • Russian government websites have been hacked as huge cyber attacks continue
  • Crashes are said to be ‘two to three times’ more severe than previous outages
  • Affected sites include big lender Sberbank and state-owned firms like Aeroflot
  • Moscow is now rushing through legislation to protect its flailing IT sector

Russian government websites including the Kremlin’s own have been hit by unprecedented cyber attacks, with desperate efforts made to filter foreign web traffic.

State entities and Kremlin-owned companies have been targeted since the start of the war in Ukraine, the TASS news agency reported via the digital ministry on Thursday.  

Flagship carrier Aeroflot and major lender Sberbank are among those which have seen outages or temporary access issues in recent weeks. 

Russia’s reign of terror in key strategic cities Kharkiv and Mariupol has continued, but Ukrainian Territorial Defense soldiers (pictured) have stayed strong amid the onslaught

Desperate refugees sheltering in the Mariupol Drama Theatre (centre) were targeted by air strikes despite writing 'children' in Russian on the pavement outside the building

Desperate refugees sheltering in the Mariupol Drama Theatre (centre) were targeted by air strikes despite writing ‘children’ in Russian on the pavement outside the building

It follows vicious air strikes on Ukrainian cities including Mariupol, where refugees were targeted despite desperate graffiti warning there were ‘children’ inside.

Officials said it is impossible to know how many people were killed or injured in the attack on the Mariupol Drama Theatre because the shelling of residential areas continues in the city, meaning rescuers can’t reach those trapped in the rubble.

Up to 1,200 are estimated to have been sheltering inside. 

Meanwhile, Moscow’s digital ministry said it is working to adjust to the new cyber conditions as attacks ratchet up. 

The ministry was working to adjust to the new conditions, it said, as cyber attacks ratchet up. 

‘If previously their power at peak moments reached 500 gigabytes, then now it is at 1 terabyte,’ the ministry said. 

‘That is two to three times more powerful than the most serious incidents of this kind that have been previously reported.’

As Russia becomes increasingly isolated from global financial systems and supply chains, the government has proposed a raft of measures to support the IT sector, among others.

Technology firms will have access to preferential tax and lending conditions and the digital ministry has previously suggested Russian IT companies discuss a phased transfer of technical support components with foreign firms.

National flag carrier Aeroflot (Moscow HQ pictured) is among the major Russian firms targeted by 'unprecedented' cyber attacks 'two to three times' more severe than any seen before

National flag carrier Aeroflot (Moscow HQ pictured) is among the major Russian firms targeted by ‘unprecedented’ cyber attacks ‘two to three times’ more severe than any seen before

Citing draft government documents, Interfax reported late on Wednesday that the digital ministry had proposed allocating 14 billion roubles ($134.30 million) to support IT companies in the form of grants.

Reuters could not immediately verify that report.

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