Russia accused of being responsible for massive cyberattack on Montenegro

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A huge cyberattack conducted against Montenegro last August is being blamed on Russia.

 

A massive cyber attack on the country of Montenegro last August 20, is being blamed on Russia. In what the government in Podgorica claims bore the hallmarks of a coordinated Russian hacker attack, Montenegro’s essential infrastructure was knocked out. This included banks, water, and electric power stations, and crippled government information platforms.

The internet is still turned off in the tiny Balkan country, with government computers unplugged, and all its websites offline. Cyber experts described the intensity of the attack as unprecedented in Montengro’s short history. As a NATO member, the nation has been prone to such attacks following the invasion of Ukraine.

Following the attacks, a team of FBI cyber experts was deployed to Podgorica. Rasko Konjevic, the country’s Defence Minister, revealed that they advised the government to stay offline for security reasons. Montenegro is expected to complain about Russia to the United Nations.

Speaking with the Associated Press, Konjevic told them: “We are faced with serious challenges related to the cyberattack for about 20 days, and therefore the entire state system, the system of state administration, and therefore the system of services to citizens are functioning at a rather restrictive level”, as reported by bolnews.com.

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