Kommersant announced a large-scale attack by Ukrainian cyber activists on the Mir payment system

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The Russian payment system “Mir” and its operator The National Payment Card System (NSPK) is under a massive DDoS attack, which was organized and coordinated by Ukrainian cyber activists, Kommersant writes. The purpose of the attack is to cause interruptions in the passage of payments and the operation of terminals.

The start of the attack was confirmed to Kommersant by sources in the Russian cybersecurity market. The NSPK refrained from commenting, and the Bank of Russia did not respond to the publication’s request.

“In the current situation, it can be expected that attackers will be able to achieve some success in DDoS attacks on the Mir payment system, the risks are more than real,” said one of the interlocutors of the publication. According to him, in this case, one can expect a complete failure of card acquiring for up to several hours.

In September, the US Treasury Department threatened that it could impose sanctions on companies that help the Russian authorities use Mir cards outside the Russian Federation.

Until recently, Mir’s website reported that cards are accepted in Turkey, Vietnam, South Korea, Armenia, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, South Ossetia and Abkhazia. This information has now been removed from the site.

On September 19, it became known that some Turkish banks stopped working with Mir, on September 21, the banks of Kazakhstan and Vietnam. On September 23, Uzbekistan announced the suspension of servicing Mir cards on its territory “due to technical procedures.”

Source: meduza.io

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