CHAMPAIGN — University of Illinois officials are looking into claims made by some Russian media outlets that a Crimea-related cyberattack originated from here.
The Voice of Russia, a Russian government-run media outlet, claimed on Sunday that the hacking of websites related to the referendum held in Crimea on Sunday came from the U.S.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree Monday declaring the Crimea region of Ukraine to be an independent state, according to news services.
The Voice of Russia described Sunday’s hackings as the “denial-of-service” type of attacks.
“Our IT safety experts managed to find out where those attacks came from. It is University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The most powerful scanning of servers before the attack was carried out exactly from there,” unnamed sources were cited as saying in the state-run media report.
Messages for the university’s chief information officer were forwarded to campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler. Kaler said the university did not receive any notices from the Russian government or U.S. government regarding the alleged cyberattacks.
“The CITES people are looking into it,” she said, referring to the Campus Information Technologies and Education Services, which oversees computer security at the UI.
Kaler said she could not discuss details of the investigation or how long it would take.
The Voice of Russia report incorrectly put Champaign-Urbana’s population at 37,000 and stated there are “signs that one of the headquarters of the National Security Agency is situated there.”