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Russia’s National Guard rejects media reports about establishing cyber intelligence

March 16, 11:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW
At the same time, the National Guard is taking all necessary measures to counter possible DDoS attacks on its information resources
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MOSCOW, March 16. /TASS/. The Russian National Guard rejected information on Thursday that it had established a cyber intelligence unit.

"Untrue information about the National Guard continues to be spread in some media outlets. The news agency Rosbalt has disseminated false information today that the National Guard has allegedly set up a unit to deal with cyber intelligence to expose extremist threats," the National Guard’s press office told TASS.

Cyber intelligence is not within the scope of the National Guard’s tasks, the press office said.

At the same time, the National Guard is taking all necessary measures to counter possible DDoS attacks on its information resources, the press office said.

"Police Colonel Larisa Goryachko mentioned in the Rosbalt report holds the post of the head of the reference information department whose basic task is to gather and generalize statistical information referred to the activity of the National Guard. Other functions ascribed to it are the agency’s conjectures," the press office said.

The press office of the National Guard rejected information on Wednesday that Interior Ministry units for the struggle against extremism and state protection had been assigned to it.

As First Deputy Director of the Federal National Guard Troops Service Colonel-General Sergei Melikov said, the National Guard’s activity is defined by the Russian president’s order of April 5, 2016 and the federal law of July 3, 2016.

"The National Guard troops do not have any other powers unstipulated by these regulatory legal documents," the general said.

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