Several Russian government sites inaccessible after ddos attacks

Several Russian government sites are inaccessible after ddos attacks. Among others, the websites of the Kremlin, the Russian government and the Ministry of Defense are down. Several Twitter accounts claim the attacks are in the name of Anonymous.

Some Russian government sites were offline Thursday, others Friday. These include the sites of the Kremlin, government.ru, the website of the Russian parliament Duma.gov.ru, the site of the Russian Defense Ministry, the Russian state media website RT.com and the websites of the Foreign Ministry, President Putin and the Russian oil company Gazprom. The websites appear to be down due to ddos attacks. While it is not clear who is behind the attacks, several Twitter profiles claim the attacks, which they say are on behalf of Anonymous and in response to the invasion of Ukraine.

Websites are poorly accessible or not accessible at all due to the actions, particularly from Russia. A Kremlin spokesman has told several media outlets that nothing was wrong and that the websites could be reached as usual, but analyst Doug Mandory of Internet monitoring company Kentik tells CNN that it is clear that the websites were hit by ddos attacks. The attacks come shortly after the Ukrainian government called on hackers to help defend Ukraine’s digital infrastructure and carry out espionage missions against Russian troops.

Ukrainian government websites have also been victims of numerous ddos attacks for some time, cyberattacks on ministries and banks, and wiper malware that deletes data from Ukrainian computers.