Russian Central Election Commission repels DDoS attack against its website on election day

It has been reported that the Russian Central Election Commission’s website was hit by a DDoS attack from IP addresses from 15 countries on the election day. If you’re planning to write on this please see below for some thoughts from security experts:

Sean Newman, director at Corero Network Security:

“Reports of DDoS attacks on the Russian, or any other government, elections come as no surprise – but, there’s no better time to make your point, whether it’s, political, moral, or otherwise, whichever side of the political fence you sit.  One thing you can say though, is that it’s typically virtually impossible to determine the true source of the attack, as where the DDoS traffic emanates from, is almost certainly not directly related to the attacker, those who funded the attacks, or the geographical region they are located in. 

“You’re not going to stop the sources of these attacks trying to make their point, but you can protect the integrity of the systems being used for the democratic process.  The latest always-on real-time automated DDoS protection solutions can keep systems online, and available for citizens to access, at all times during the voting process.

“During the 2017 UK General Election, Corero offered free use its real-time DDoS protection to the UK Government Digital Service & Cabinet Office and to each of the major UK Political Parties (i.e. Conservative, Labour, SNP, Liberal Democrats and DUP) to protect voter and member registration during the election period.”

Lee Munson, security researcher at 

“As everyone knows by now, all the cool kids get hit by cyberattacks and so, in an attempt to look hip, The People’s Republic of Russia has claimed its very own sob story in the form of a Distributed Denial of Service attack during its recent presidential procession.

“The fifteen alleged powerful nation state virtual combatants, which may have included England, Wales, Ireland and the rebel alliance north of Hadrian’s Wall, could well have been mustering the proposed retaliation for the recent Salisbury poisoning of someone no-one cared about, just a few short weeks ago.

“In fact, given how ineffective the cyber-attack was, I’m pretty sure the combined power of the UK must have been behind it, especially given all the fake news in the British press about how Putin would be re-elected before a single vote had been cast.

“Next week, I expect the same attackers to strike again, this time using puppet politicians to decry the encryption in messaging apps that allowed those nasty vodka-swilling Ruskies to influence the real democratic election across the pond that saw our American friends get exactly what they deserved.”