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Most of the cyber attacks on Russia in 2020 made with addresses in the United States, Germany and the Netherlands, the Ministry of foreign Affairs. Pavel Feldman, Candidate of Political Sciences, commented on this data on the air of Sputnik radio.

Most attempts to carry out malicious network activity against Russia in the past year were recorded from addresses registered in the United States, Germany and the Netherlands, said Deputy Foreign Minister Oleg Syromolotov.

The diplomat shared the relevant data with RIA Novosti, referring to the National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents.

According to Syromolotov, the most frequent targets of attacks were objects related to public administration, the financial sector, the military-industrial complex, healthcare and vaccine development.

Speaking on Sputnik radio, Pavel Feldman, Deputy Director of the Institute for Strategic Studies and Forecasts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Candidate of Political Sciences, noted that significant forces are directed to this activity in Western countries.

"So it is: there are real cyber forces, which are an integral part of the armies of the world's leading states. But not just them. Today, hackers are quasi-state structures working for shadow employment for the state bodies of Western powers. And this is no longer a secret for anyone. Cyberspace is today as much a front for modern warfare as earth, air, water, or outer space. All the world's leading players have built up a huge potential here, " Pavel Feldman said.
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    Information technology troops have been created in the Russian Armed Forces to counter cyber threats. However, according to the political scientist, there is a significant difference in their work.

    "Any action creates counteraction, and we were not the first to use cyberspace in this way. But when our country began to make constant hacker attacks, when we realized the foreign policy threat, then Russia created very worthy structures that are able to resist any hacker interference. And, if necessary, respond symmetrically. Another question is that we do not do this and, probably, we are doing the right thing, because cyberspace is a sensitive thing and here, as in matters of nuclear deterrence, it is not necessary to cross certain boundaries, " Pavel Feldman said.
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