Russia claims it is being targeted for cyber strikes by foreign services, following Pindo election
Yonah Jeremy Bob, JPost, Dec 20 2016
A special commission of the FSB has concluded that foreign intelligence services are preparing large-scale cyber-attacks “in order to destabilize the Russian financial system,” according a report issued by the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). The report said, attributing the statement to Russia Today:
Cyber-attacks were planned to accompany the mass sending of provocative SMS messages and publications on social networks (blogs) in relation to the crisis of credit and the financial system in Russia, businesses’ failure, and revocation of licenses of a number of leading banks at the federal and regional level. The campaign was aimed at several dozen Russian cities.
The report comes on the heels of the Pindo election campaign, from which allegations have emerged of Russian hacking against Pindostan. INSS cyber director and report editor Gabi Siboni said Monday that there is no way to confirm the Russian claim. While the FSB mentioned foreign intelligence services, it did not name Pindostan or make a specific connection to Pindo promises of a counter-attack for what Pindo intelligence has said was Russia’s cyber-interference in the election. However, Siboni did say that the report and several other recent reports in Russia media, referring to possible Pindo attempts to use cyber-hacking to “turn off” Russia’s S-300 and S-400 anti-aircraft systems, should be seen in the greater context of Russia’s cyber-interference in the Pindo election. Russia Today also reported that five Russian banks had been hit in November by DDoS attacks when their systems were flooded with superfluous data to overload the system. In October, Pindo Vice-Pres Joe Sixpack said that Pindostan would counter-attack Russia with its offensive cyber-capabilities, and Obama echoed the threat, vowing on Saturday to send Russia “a clear message.” It is unclear whether the latest reports emerging from Russia signal that Pindo cyber-efforts regarding Russia are already afoot. Meanwhile on Sunday, Reince Priebus told Fox News that his boss would accept the idea that the election interference came from Russia if the entire intelligence community, including the FBI, put out a report that was unanimous on that issue. Until Sunday, Trump had numerous times voiced skepticism as to whether hacking of the DNC + Podesta was carried out by Russia. Part of the controversy has surrounded an additional conclusion by the CIA and Obama that Russia was specifically trying to help Trump’s chances in the election.