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Pro-kyiv internet warriors use DDoS attacks to overload Mir system, reports Kommersant

Ukrainian hackers are carrying out cyberattacks on Russia’s interbank payment system, threatening to hamper its operations and undermine customer confidence in banks, Kommersant reported on Friday, citing sources.

According to the Russian media, the Ukrainian ‘hacktivists‘ are carrying out DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks against the Mir system and its operator, National Payment Card System, by coordinating their activities through pro-Ukraine chats. A DDoS attack is a malicious attempt to overwhelm the target with a stream of internet traffic from multiple sources.

The attacks would be carried out by generating traffic using browsers or ‘primitive DDoS instruments‘ to overload the system.

Although Russian officials declined to comment on the alleged attacks, some experts say it is possible that the payment system could eventually be compromised, noting that these types of attacks have been ongoing since the start of Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine.

Under current conditions, the culprits can be expected to achieve some success in their DDoS attacks on the Mir payment system, the risks are more than reala Kommersant source said, adding that a complete failure of the “card acquisition” process, which could take up to several hours, is possible.

According to Dmitry Vishnyakov, an independent card expert, uninterrupted transaction processing is critical to the functioning of the system. “If processing is suspended even for one or two hours, it can undermine trust in bankshe told Kommersant.

Mir cards operate as a Russian alternative to Visa and Mastercard, which suspended operations in the country after Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine in late February. Mir cards can also be used abroad.

Several banks in Turkey, Kazakhstan and Vietnam have signaled that they will no longer accept Mir cards. Experts say this is due to fears over Western sanctions.

According to a study conducted by StormWall in August, the number of cyberattacks against Russian payment systems soared, increasing by 126% compared to the same period a year earlier.

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