A DDoS Cyber Attack hit Russia’s Central Election Commission’s (CEC) Information Center on early hours of March 18th, 2018. But the attack was detected and was contained in time by the election commission authorities which then paved way for the smooth progress of Elections which was won by Vladimir Putin consecutively for the 4th time.
RT newsite, an international television news channel which is being funded by Russian government confirmed the attack and said that a second attack was also detected just after voting began. But both the attacks were detected and repelled on time by the authorities.
RT reports the election commission website was attacked between 2 am to 5 am. And the peak of the attack was witnessed at around 2:30 am Moscow time. The second attack was diagnosed at 11 am but only lasted for 10 minutes.
Russian CEC Head Ella Pamfilova said that the source of the attack was located in 15 countries and that includes some nations in Europe and America. But the 64-year old refused to divulge more details on the issue as the investigation was still in progress.
Despite all the odds, Vladimir Putin still managed to win the presidential poll as his vision and wise laws made the voters elect him as a president for the fourth time.
Meanwhile, United Kingdom is doing its best to fend its critical infrastructure from cyber attacks from Russian Intelligence.
From the past two weeks, there has been a lot of speculation in the western media that Putin after becoming the President of
Russia will launch a cyberattack on the United Kingdom in retaliation to the allegations put forward by UK Prime Minister Theresa May in regards to Nerve Agent Attack on Sergei Skripal.
Last week, Ms. May threatened Russia with sanctions and cyber attacks if Putin did not accept the allegations of killing Sergei Skripal.
Perhaps there is a high probability that Putin will react to all the accusations in this week through word or a cyber attack campaign in the United Kingdom.
Hope, GCHQ has taken enough measures to fend any such attacks on the public and private entities operating in its region.