Russia is also a victim of cyber attacks

We often have the habit, with good reason, of pointing to Russia as the source of cyber attacks against Western interests. It is true that on numerous occasions, many elements pointed to this country as being at the origin of the attacks. But Russian strategic interests are also the target of numerous cyber attacks. Thus, according to Nikolai Murashov, the deputy director of the national center for the identification of computer incidents, the Russian equivalent of ANSSI, the country's nuclear and defense installations would have been the target of coordinated attacks aimed at stealing information, according to a report sent by GosSOPKA (government system of identification, warning and elimination of effects of cyberattacks against Russia's IT resources). According to him, the origin of the attacks was in the United States.

Although it is impossible to assess the veracity of Mr. Murashov's assertions, we can reasonably assume that Westerners, led by the United States, are also carrying out cyber operations to try to penetrate Russian and Chinese government services. or Iranian. Moreover, the spokesperson for the Russian Defense Ministry, Major General Igor Konashenkov, declared on June 25 that his ministry had neutralized more than 25.000 cyber attacks since 2013, representing an increase of 60% over the last 6 years.

The GosSOPKA report also specifies that 38% of the identified attacks targeted the Russian banking system, 35% against state agencies, 7% against educational or defense infrastructures, 4% against the space industry and 3% against healthcare centers. . Here again, the United States is designated as the main source with 27% of attacks, followed by China (10%), the Netherlands (4%), France (4%), and Germany (3%). ).

These figures must be taken with great caution, on the one hand because it is very difficult to identify the origin of a cyber attack (which is why accusations are very difficult to make when it happens in France), but also because they lack consistency. Seeing Germany in this ranking, and not Great Britain, for example, is naturally puzzling. In addition, major cybercrime countries, such as Bulgaria or Albania, are also absent. Finally, France, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States are among the countries that have openly blamed Russia for cyber attacks. That they are identified in this list seems more a matter of political maneuvering than technical reality.

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