Technical data has been unable to validate any of the West’s hype over ‘hacker attack’ accusations against Russia, Deputy Director of Russia’s Computer Incident Response Coordination Center Nikolai Murashov said Tuesday.
Cyber attacks, their sources and consequences have been a favorite subject of foreign media outlets recently, he mentioned. «They are actively ratcheting up and feeding the public the theory that the Russian Federation is behind the majority of the attacks, and that our country meddles in the political process of other countries, particularly influencing elections. Meanwhile, reliable technical data that can be analyzed by experts, never confirms the accusations,» Murashov told a briefing.
He emphasized the fact that the Western press prefers to dodge the fact that Russia’s media landscape is part and parcel of the global one, and thereby shares all of its problems, but here the opinion of the expert community is avoided, TASS reported.
Murashov said that Russia provided the United States with exhaustive information about hacking of the Democratic Party’s server during elections in 2016.
«A series of supplements to it followed, which contained certain technical information about the performed hacking. We analyzed all that information. A response, which was exhaustive nature from our point of view, was sent to the US side even before the inauguration of President Trump,» Murashov said.
These data cannot be disclosed without consent of either party in accordance with intergovernmental agreements governing the exchange of information, the official said. «In connection therewith, we are ready to publish all the available correspondence if the US side gives consent to that,» Murashov noted.
The United States initially has not approached Russia using official channels, Murashov said. «Indeed, in June 2016, the US mass media and the US politicians, primarily the ones close to the Democratic Party, made allegations against Russia concerning reportedly hacked server of the Democratic Party. At the same time, we have not received any information through the official channels, while such official channels already existed between Russia and the US and their exact purpose was to eliminate potential conflict situation that may occur between the parties,» he added.
Murashov also said the intelligence service of one of the foreign countries was behind the cyberattacks against the Russian information system during the «Direct Line"(annual Q&A session) with President Putin in 2017 and on the day of the presidential election in March of this year.
According to the computer experts, a new modification of the Russkill family of malicious software was used for the attack.
«We came to the conclusion that we are dealing with a special service of a foreign state, that perfectly knows the algorithms of the root DNS servers,» Murashov said at a briefing.
«We realized that in the near future we should get ready for more powerful attacks. And it happened: the peak of the new attack fell on the day of the presidential elections in Russia in March of this year,» he said.
The expert noted that the main purpose of the attack was to disrupt the functioning of the video surveillance system over the course of voting throughout the country, which could later allow launching a campaign to discredit the election results. A network of 30,000 bot-infected computers in 86 countries was used for the attack. Every day, each bot generated 15 billion queries to DNS servers, which created exorbitant workload. Russian specialists managed to block the work of 50,000 sources of attacks, revealed 30,000 domain names used by the attackers.
100 samples and 4 modifications of malicious software were analyzed, requests were sent to 85 national computer incident response teams. As a result, a system of technical measures was developed and implemented, which prevented the disruption of the national segment of the Internet, the expert explained.
The Computer Incident Response Coordination Center was established in September 2018 based on an order issued by the Federal Security Service (FSB) director in compliance with the presidential decree to create a state system to detect, prevent and deter cyber-attacks on Russian information assets.