The Kremlin’s vital information systems are impervious to hacking, according to Sergei Plugotarenko, director of the Russian Association for Electronic Communications. In an interview with the state-run TASS news agency, Plugotarenko explained that the Kremlin’s systems are divided into separate tiers, external and internal, with the latter housing critical information which might be of interest to hackers.
“Any vitally important state information systems can’t be hacked as they are physically separated from the external Internet,” Plugotarenko said.
He also added that “one can only guess what internal systems the Kremlin has.”
As for the external systems, which may have media-related content, Plugotarenko said no amount of IT security could keep determined hackers out.
Earlier the American television network NBC claimed a source in U.S. intelligence services told them that U.S.-based hackers had managed to penetrate sensitive computer networks in Russia, including those that control the power grid and telecommunications system. Russia’s Communications and Mass Media Minister Nikolai Nikiforov denied the possibility of hacking into the Kremlin’s computer networks.
The U.S. government made a number of claims that hackers working on behalf of the Russian government were interfering in the recent presidential election. The Russian government has repeatedly denied involvement.
Oct. 11, 2016 Newspaper reported: “A top Kremlin official has accused the United States of deliberately “provoking Russia” with claims that the country carried out cyber-attacks on American institutions.
Andrew Krutskikh, the president’s special representative on cyber-security, said that Washington had not formally approached the Kremlin on the issue, Interfax reported Tuesday.
“No appeals have been made via official channels,” Krutskikh said. “It suggests that the Americans are making these claims to impress a domestic audience.”
Krutskikh called on Washington to begin bilateral talks, warning that the United States was on a “dangerous path.”
“Any provocation will not remain unanswered— and we have something to say,” he said.
Several prominent Americans, including presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, have accused Russia of backing cyber-attacks. A hack of the U.S. Democratic National Committee (DNC) in July saw thousands of private emails leaked, and even caused some to claim that the Kremlin wished to meddle in the U.S. Presidential elections.
The Kremlin has denied all claims of its involvement in cyber-attacks against U.S. institutions as “absurd” and “insulting.”