Russian Monitor suffers massive new cyber attack


Russian Monitor is one of the main media outlets for the Russian opposition. It has over 1 million unique visitors every month and 3 million visitors outside Russia.

As reported before Christmas, the online media platform first came under attack on 20 December 2019 which led to it having to shut down temporarily at that time.

Russian Monitor suffers heavey-duty cyber attack 

On 13 February, the platform came under renewed attack from thousands and thousands of IP addresses based in India and Pakistan.

The intention was clearly to shut down the website - on this occasion, however, the attackers were unsuccessful.

Speaking in Kyiv, Olivier Védrine, Chief Editor of the Russian Monitor and a Board Member of New Europeans said:

"We think the attack was provoked by an article written by one of our own corresondents . The article called for a boycott of the so the vote to approve Putin's constitutional reforms."

The attack on the Russian Monitor was consistent with a systematic approach by Russia to shutdown websites which it sees as hostile to the regime.

A huge cyber-attack which knocked out more than 2,000 websites in the country of Georgia last year was carried out by Russia, according to Georgia, the UK and the US.

UK says Russia's GRU behind massive Georgia cyber-attack

As discussed in an article on this website by Niels Joergen Thogerson, the former Director of Communications a the European Commission, Russia invests enormous resources in spreading disinformation and attacking what it perceives as media and social media channels which are hostile to its interests.

This is part of Russian military doctrine and it is not new at all. 

There is even a special word for it "dezinformatsija", used for the first time in the 1920s in Stalin's Russia.

At the time of writing, the Russian Monitor website is up and running again. 

It is only a matter of time, however, before the courageous work of the website's journalists provokes a fresh wave of attacks.

 

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