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Crimean Supreme Council website hit by cyber attacks

March 14, 2014, 15:50 UTC+3 SIMFEROPOL

The minister linked the cyber attacks with the upcoming Crimean referendum

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SIMFEROPOL, March 14, /ITAR-TASS/. The official websites of the Crimean Supreme Council and other authorities on the peninsula were hit by cyber attacks, Crimean Minister of Information and Mass Communications Dmitry Polonsky said on Friday.

The parliament's website did no open in the past few hours. Websites of the republic's ministries also worked with serious problems.

"It is true, massive DDoS attacks began on Friday. However, it did not affect activities of the bodies of power," he said. The minister linked the cyber attacks with the upcoming Crimean referendum planned for March 16.

Specialists were working to restore the work of the portals, he said.

As was reported earlier on Friday, the Russian president’s official website and the website of Bank of Russia were attacked by hackers.

Specialists were doing everything, and their efforts allowed making the president's website accessible practically for all, a Kremlin administration source said.



"Indeed, a serious DDoS attack is under way, and not only on the Kremlin website, but on some other portals," the press service confirmed to Itar-Tass, noting it was the most powerful attempt ever made to destabilize work of the website.

Everything was being done to restore the website work ability in full, the press service assured, adding most users already could open it.

The press service also said work was continuing to find the source of the attack.

The Russian presidential administration did not link this Friday's attack on the president's official website with developments in Ukraine, a Kremlin source told Itar-Tass.

"Such spamming happens regularly, but to varying degrees of activity. It is not right to link it with developments in Ukraine," the source noted.

"The Kremlin website is open for all, and such situations are explainable," he said, adding that specialists were searching for the source of the DDoS attack.

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