Russian security thwarted 25mn cyber-attacks during FIFA World Cup: Putin

Garima Bora


Russian security thwarted 25mn cyber-attacks during FIFA World Cup: Putin

16 Jul 2018: Russian security thwarted 25mn cyber-attacks during FIFA World Cup: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russian and other security services thwarted nearly 25 million cyber-attacks linked to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Lauding the security teams, Putin made the announcement after Sunday's World Cup final and just before meeting with US President Donald Trump, who is facing growing concerns about alleged Kremlin meddling and Russian cyber-attacks on the United States electoral system.

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Target: Cyber-attacks targeted information infrastructure linked to World Cup: Putin

Putin said the attempted cyber-attacks targeted "information infrastructure" linked to the World Cup, but did not elaborate.

He spoke at a meeting with representatives of 55 intelligence units from 34 countries who worked on securing the tournament.

He said that thanks to Russia's tight security there were no "serious incidents" and "people who came to our country really felt they were safe."