Russia Stop 25 Million Cyberattacks During World Cup

Following the news around Russia announcing that it had stopped 25 million cyberattacks during the World Cup, Sean Sullivan, Security Advisor at F-Secure offers the following comment:

Sean Sullivan, Security Advisor at F-Secure:

“Clearly there weren’t 25 million “cyber-attacks”. (Which would be physically destructive if properly defined.) And what about DDoS attacks? Unlikely. What then? IP addresses and other related activity? Probably. I have no doubt that threat monitoring would have generated 25 million suspicious data points during the World Cup.

So, it would be more accurate to say something such as unauthorised network scans and DDoS attempts were monitored and successfully mitigated on an impressive scale, requiring tens of millions of data points to be processed. Well done to Russia’s security teams. But that doesn’t sound as impressive, politically speaking, does it?”

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