IT Army Of Ukraine Claims The SPIEF 2024 Cyberattack

The SPIEF 2024 cyberattack employed DDoS assaults, peaking at 200,000 malicious requests per second.

by Ashish Khaitan June 13th, 2024

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The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF 2024) was reportedly targeted by a siege from a prolonged cyberattack. The SPIEF 2024 cyberattack, orchestrated by the IT Army of Ukraine, unfolded over a four-day period, commencing on June 5 and culminating on June 8, 2024.

This brazen act of digital aggression targeted not only the SPIEF but also its cybersecurity guardian, Solar SC, a state-owned enterprise specializing in safeguarding information assets. The modus operandi of the cyberattack on SPIEF 2024 primarily involved a barrage of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) assaults, with the intensity reaching a staggering 200,000 malicious requests per second. 

IT Army of Ukraine Claims SPIEF 2024 Cyberattack

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The claim of responsibility was boldly asserted by the IT Army of Ukraine through their Telegram channel. Their message, accompanied by a tone of defiance, boasted of rattling the nerves of their adversaries, even if the anticipated “big bang” did not materialize. Meanwhile, amidst the chaos, there emerged reports of Samara students joining the ranks of cyber vigilantes, highlighting the growing complexity of cybersecurity challenges faced by nations worldwide.

The impact of this SPIEF 2024 cyberattack beyond the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum itself, affecting Solar SC and its crucial role in fortifying the forum’s digital infrastructure. The ramifications reverberated not only across the Russian Federation but also rippled through Europe and the UK, highlighting the interconnected nature of contemporary cyber warfare.

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In response to inquiries regarding the authenticity of these claims, Solar SC’s General Director, Igor Lyapunov, reassured the public that despite the relentless onslaught, the forum’s infrastructure remained resilient. The collaborative efforts of cybersecurity experts successfully repelled all attacks, safeguarding the integrity and functionality of SPIEF’s digital ecosystem.

However, concerns linger as to the broader implications of such cyber incursions, particularly in an era where economic forums serve as pivotal platforms for global cooperation and exchange. The sophistication and audacity demonstrated by threat actors underscore the pressing need for better cybersecurity measures and international collaboration to mitigate future risks.

The Cyber Express reached out to SPIEF organizers for further insights into the incident and the authenticity of the IT Army of Ukraine’s claims. As of the time of reporting, no official statement has been issued, leaving the allegations surrounding the SPIEF 2024 cyberattack unconfirmed.


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