One of Russia’s largest video streaming websites was rendered inoperable for three days after being the target of a cyberattack. RuTube, designed as a Kremlin-friendly counterpart to YouTube, came back online Wednesday afternoon after going dark Monday, May 9. In messages posted to its official Telegram channel, RuTube said that it had been the target of the “largest cyberattack” it had ever seen. The site still loads slowly and it’s unclear when full service will be restored. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has prompted a near-constant stream of low-level cyberattacks on websites in both countries. Ukraine’s government has even given the “IT Army,” a group of so-called hacktivists, approval to launch almost daily attacks at targets it wants to overwhelm with web traffic. The attacks, known as DDoS attacks, usually only slow down websites or briefly take them offline. More severe cyberattacks, like the one that has crippled RuTube for days, are far rarer. RuTube claimed in posts on Telegram that the attack was designed to keep Russians from viewing the Victory Day parade held Monday, and that the culprit was a state-sponsored hacker group. The company also said it had hired Russian cybersecurity firm Positive Technologies, which the U.S. sanctioned last year for allegedly working with Russian intelligence, to help with its recovery. RuTube and Positive Technologies did not respond to a request for comment. The IT Army and Ukraine’s Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov, who has repeatedly voiced his support for the hacker group, both praised the RuTube hack on their Telegram channels but didn’t claim responsibility. RuTube’s outage comes in the wake of Russian authoritie . . . read the full article here.
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DATE: days, April, March, May 9, Monday, Wednesday, last year, three days, recent weeks
NORP: Russian, Russians
MONEY: 162,361, 11 million rubles