Kommersant: Ukrainian hackers attacked the Mir payment system The Mir system and its operator were attacked. Thus, hackers expect to cause interruptions in the operation of cards against the backdrop of reports of termination of their service in a number of countries, the newspaper writes
Ukrainian hackers staged a DDoS attack on the Russian payment system “Mir” and its operator— The National Payment Card System (NSPK), writes the Kommersant newspaper. Interlocutors in the Russian cybersecurity market confirmed the information about the beginning of the attacks to the publication.
Hackers attacked the national payment system, hoping to cause interruptions in the passage of payments and the operation of terminals against the background of reports about the termination of service for Mir cards. in several countries, according to the newspaper. To do this, they generate traffic using browsers or primitive DDoS tools.
The Central Bank did not respond to Kommersant's request, NSPK declined to comment. The Ministry of Digital Transformation forwarded the issue to the National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents (NCCC) and the Central Bank.
“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,” the source of the edition in one of the profile companies said. According to him, if the hackers reach their goal, it threatens to fail the acquiring for up to several hours.
In mid-September, the US Treasury announced that Washington was ready to impose sanctions against countries for supporting the use of the National Payment Card System and the Mir payment system. outside of Russia, which will be perceived as an attempt to circumvent sanctions against Russia in their own interests. The United States has imposed sanctions against NSPK CEO Vladimir Komplev, but the Mir card operator himself was not subject to restrictions. Restrictive measures against the Russian payment system were not ruled out in the EU either.
After a warning from the Ministry of Finance, two large private banks in Turkey— Isbank and Denizbank— stopped accepting Mir cards. Kazakhstani Halyk Bank and Vietnamese BIDV also reported problems with cards of the Russian payment system. Late servicing of foreign maps “Mir” suspended in Uzbekistan.
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The NSPK representative clarified to RBC that cards in Turkey work as usual and problems can only arise with those issued by sanctioned banks.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised to discuss alternative options for the Mir system with ministers.
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