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Russia’s Putin targeted in cyber attack

Official website of president hit during regional elections

Russia’s Putin targeted in cyber attack
Russian president Vladimir Putin’s official website was targeted in a cyber-attack.

Russian president Vladimir Putin became the target of a cyber-attack amid a regional election campaign, as his official website was hit by an unknown actor, Reuters reported.

According to a government statement, the attack, which happened on Sunday, targeted websites of the Kremlin, the nation's election commission and the president.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said officials had linked the onslaught, which he described as "very powerful", to regional elections where the opposition sought to unseat government-backed candidates.

"From 5 to 10 am on Sunday a very powerful attack was simultaneously [to the election commission attack] carried out on the Russian president's website," he said.

"Defence systems worked, though it was not easy; the attack was rather strong."

Peskov said it was not known who was behind the attack and he gave no details about the nature of the disruption.

When websites are attacked with political motivation, normally perpetrators choose to take the site offline using a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, by flooding host servers or applications with more resource requests than they can handle.

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