[ISN] FSB prevented millions of hacker attacks

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Thu Mar 15 2007 - 22:21:49 PST



Federal Security Service (FSB) director Nikolai Patrushev told that in 
the two years period his service has prevented more than 2 million 
hacker attacks on the sites of the Russian government, including more 
than 300,000 attacks on the Presidents website.

According to him, "targeted and integrated hacker attacks using data 
encryption algorithms to block information systems are becoming more 
widespread over the Internet now. Following the successful attack 
perpetrators raise the financial requirements for the provision of key 
to decrypt the users data.

A similar incident occurred in one of the fuel and energy organizations 
in the country. Failue in the enterprise operation could have lead to 
paralysis of life in several regions of Russia. Technological units of 
FSB took swift action to deal with the consequences of the incident.

Patrushev said the priority task of the state was to coordinate the 
activities of federal executive authorities to establish a system for 
the prevention and detection of computer attacks on critical segments of 
the information infrastructure of the country.

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