Hackers attempt to break into Russian president's site

Monday, 24 June 2002, 10:28 AM EST

And after three months of checks by the Federal Agency for Government Communications and Information, the presidential administration is certain the www.president.kremlin.ru site, unveiled Thursday, is almost hacker-proof.

"Some 500,000 people have visited the site and there have so far been 96 attacks by hackers, but none of them has succeeded," a Kremlin spokesman said.

Hackers try to break into Web sites for a variety of reasons including defacing content and cracking confidential financial information, but the Kremlin did not know what motivated those who tried to penetrate the presidential site.

"It could be anyone, in any country," the spokesman said.

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