Kremlin says “massive” cyberattacks have delayed Putin’s speech

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s speech at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday has been postponed by an hour due to a “massive DDoS [distributed denial-of-service] attacks” on the SPIEF systems, the Kremlin said Friday.

The speech was supposed to start at 7 a.m. ET.

“Unfortunately, today, due to massive DDoS attacks on the forum’s system, the base of accreditation and admission were disabled,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told journalists on an impromptu conference call.

Peskov added that technical specialists are working to fix the system but it will take some time.

“We need 30-40 minutes to restore data base,” he said.

“In view of this, President [Putin] has decided to postpone his speech for an hour. It will take place not at 2 p.m, but at 3 p.m [local],” he added.

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