UI: No link to Russian claim

UI: No link to Russian claim


CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois investigation into claims that a Crimea-related cyberattack originated from university servers found no evidence of UI involvement.

The Voice of Russia, a Russian government-run media outlet, claimed Sunday that the hacking of websites related to the recent referendum in Crimea came from the U.S., specifically the University of Illinois.

The hackings were described as “distributed denial-of-service” (or DDos) type of attacks.

The UI’s Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services, which oversees campus cybersecurity, investigated these claims based on the details in the news article, spokeswoman Robin Kaler said.

The university contacted the owners of the website referendum2014.ru and asked for a copy of the activity logs to verify the claim.

“After comparing the referendum2014.ru logs against the campus logs we found no evidence of the campus computer network being involved in an attack,” Kaler said.

The Voice of Russia report cited unnamed sources in the allegation.

“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,” the state-run media report said.

The Voice of Russia report incorrectly reported Champaign-Urbana’s population and that there were “signs” it was home to one of the headquarters of the National Security Agency.

Sunday’s referendum in Crimea asked residents if they wanted to rejoin Russia; results showed support for that. However the new Ukrainian government has called the referendum illegal and the U.S. did not recognize it. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree declaring the Crimea region of Ukraine to be an independent state. Today U.S. Vice President Joe Biden called Russia’s actions in Ukraine “no more than a land grab,” according to the Associated Press.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on March 18, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Anomynous is taking credit for it (google referendum2014.ru).  Their website requested assistance from "the citizens of the world" in attacking the Russian sites.  Of course, Anomynous is made up of computer wise individuals who operate independently in a common effort.  It would be doubtful that any of the university students, or staff; or corporate computer shared personnel would be Anomynous members.  Obviously, the Russkis were wrong in their accusation.