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The five largest Russian banks defended themselves from cyberattacks

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On Thursday, First Deputy Governor of the Bank of Russia Sergey Shvetsov said that five largest Russian banks, which had been under cyberattacks for the past two days, managed to defend themselves.  The attack began on Tuesday afternoon, and continued for two days straight, according to a source close to Russia’s Central Bank quoted by RIA Novosti. The initial attack was rather massive and its power intensified over the course of the day. The power of the attacks peaked at 660 thousands of requests per second. Some of the banks were attacked repeatedly.  The attack came from a wide-scale botnet involving at least 24,000 computers, located in 30 countries. “Sberbank” and “Alfabank” two of the largest Russian bank, confirmed the attack to their server.

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