Threat Management

Putin says Russia targeted by nearly 25M cyberattacks during World Cup


Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia was the target of 25 million cyberattacks during the FIFA World Cup that his country recently hosted.

Putin did not however, indicate who may have been behind the attacks nor gave any information on the nature or possible origins of the attacks.

"During the period of the World Cup, almost 25 million cyberattacks and other criminal acts on the information structures in Russia, linked in one way or another to the World Cup, were neutralized," Putin said during a meeting on Sunday with security services that was reported by the Kremlin on Monday, according to the Telegraph.

"Behind this (World Cup) success lies huge preparatory, operational, analytical and information work, we operated at maximum capacity and concentration," Putin added.

Last week, U.S. authorities charged 12 Russian military intelligence officers with hacking Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic Party in an indictment three days before President Donald Trump met with Putin in Helsinki on Monday.

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