Russia confirms website attack after US hacker’s claim
RUSSIA’S foreign ministry said an old version of its website had been attacked after a US hacker claimed he broke in and posted a mocking message.
Foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova posted that the hacker targetted “an old site that has not been used for a long time”.
The attack came after Washington earlier this week formally accused the Russian government of trying to “interfere” in the 2016 White House race by hacking, charges the Kremlin has repeatedly dismissed.
“If they establish there was hacking by Americans, even of a resource that wasn’t working, this is far from pleasant,” Ms Zakharova wrote.
She said that this could be an indication that a “cyber machine of destruction has started acting” after US Vice President Joe Biden said that President Vladimir Putin would get a “message” from Washington in response to the hacking blamed on Russia.
Alternatively, the hack simply shows that the “US elections have wound up people to such a state that they start smashing everything”, Ms Zakharova wrote.
On October 22, a hacker who calls himself the Jester tweeted, “I’m Jester & I approve this message via the Russian Foreign Affairs Website”.
The hacker, who has previously attacked the WikiLeaks website, posted a link to a page which which had content replaced with a message and an image of a jester.
CNN reported that the Jester’s attack included the piercing sound used for civil alert messages about extreme weather. –