Rus­sia con­firms web­site at­tack af­ter US hacker’s claim

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

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