Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Q&A session with the Russian public was reportedly hit by a DDOS attack.
Putin was set to address 1.5 million questions from across the country regarding the pandemic, economic crisis, environmental issues, and other issues.
The questions were sent in using SMS or email because Putin could not answer them from a live audience due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Putin was talking with a resident of Russia’s Kuzbass Region, who wanted to talk about local kindergarten problems when his connection was interrupted.
“Vladimir Vladimirovich, I was just told that we had a bad connection with Elena Vladimirovna Kalinina [from Novokuznetsk]. Attempts are actually being made to attack our digital systems right now, powerful DDOS attacks,” said the host of Putin’s Q&A.
Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has confirmed that it was indeed a cyberattack while Russian telco provider Rostelecom said it was countering it.
The Kremlin has not yet named any suspects or mentioned where the attacks originated.
“They have their own hackers it seems,” joked Putin after the interruption.
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