Russia says foreign spies plan cyber attack on banking system

Russia has announced that it has uncovered a plot by foreign intelligence agencies to create chaos in Russia’s banking system via a coordinated wave of cyber attacks and fake social media reports about banks going bust.

Russia’s domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service (FSB), said that the servers to be used in the alleged cyber attack were located in the Netherlands and registered to a Ukrainian web hosting company called BlazingFast.

The attack targetting major national and provincial banks across Russia was due to begin on 5 December.

Russia has been on high alert for foreign cyber attacks since the USA accused the Kremlin of being involved in hacks on Democratic Party emails during the US presidential election.

US Vice President Joe Biden said at the time that the United States would mount a “proportional” response to Russia.


DATE : 2 December 2016

SOURCE : Reuters

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Russian senator promises nuclear response to NATO expansion

A member of the Committee on Defence and Security for Russia’s Upper House, Senator Franz Klintsevich, has said Russia will target any sites it considers to be a threat with nuclear weapons if NATO continues to try enlist new member-countries.

“In reply to NATO’s aggressive actions, to the alliance’s attempts to draw more and more nations into their orbit, there will be a harsh and unambiguous response from Russia’s side. We will aim our weapons, including the nuclear ones, at any of the alliance’s site that would threaten us, wherever these sites are placed.”

Senator Klintsevich added that by nuclear weapons he meant both stationary land-based systems, and mobile weapons, including sea- and air-based systems.


DATE : 25 November 2016