Russian internet attacks against UK unlikely, analyst says


Russian internet attacks against UK unlikely, analyst says

John-Paul Kamath

Internet attacks originating from Russia against the UK are unlikely to occur as the row between Moscow and London continues, a security expert has said.

Eugene Kaspersky, head of research and development at Moscow-based anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab said that the current political disagreement would not affect long-term relations.

"It is very unlikely that this argument will spark some massive attack wave from Russian hackers. Much unlike the Estonian situation, the confrontation between the British and Russian governments is practically not visible in Russia and is not relevant to common Russian citizens at all," he said.

The Republic of Estonia came under a massive cyber-attacks in May that targeted government servers with distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks. Ports of particular mission-critical computers in such as the telephone exchanges were targeted.

"In the Estonian case many people in Russia perceived the removal of the Victory monument and soldiers' graves as a personal insult," said Kaspersky.

"Purely political arguments are definitely not the case. In this case it is officials who argue and feel insulted, not the people. And officials are usually not very good at hacking."

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