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Russian Defense Ministry’s website suffers DDoS attacks during poll for new weapons names

March 22, 22:35 updated at: March 23, 22:35 UTC+3

The attacks originated from Western Europe, North America and Ukraine

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MOSCOW, March 22. /TASS/. The Russian Defense Ministry’s website suffered DDoS attacks during the recent poll for new weapons' names, but all of them were thwarted, a ministry source said.

"On the last day of the poll for new weapons' names, the official website of the Russian Defense Ministry suffered seven DDoS attacks, five of which were of average power, while two more powerful attacks took place from 19:00 to 20:00 (16:00 to 17:00 GMT), in the last hour of the poll," the source elaborated.

"The Defense Ministry’s cyber security services thwarted all the DDoS attacks," the source stressed, adding that "in the last minutes of the poll, the number of requests was tens of thousands per second."

"More than 600,000 users from all over the world monitored the poll’s results in the last hour of the poll," the source added.

The poll on the Russian Defense Ministry’s website concluded at 20:00 (17:00 GMT) on Thursday. According to the Defense Ministry, "the name Peresvet won the vote for a name for a combat laser complex. Most people voted for a nuclear powered cruise missile to be named Burevestnik, while the name Poseidon was chosen for an underwater drone."

Attacks originated from Europe

Thge source added that the attacks originated from Western Europe, North America and Ukraine.

"Attempts to attack the website were made from the territory of Western Europe (the particular country has been established), North America and Ukraine," he said.

Russian president Vladimir Putin unveiled new weapons while delivering his State of the Nation Address to the Federal Assembly on March 1.

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