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Putin: Russia threw about 600 spy intelligence activities last year

(Observer News) Russian President Vladimir Putin said on the 6th that last year Russia's anti-espionage agency took effective action and thwarted intelligence activities of about 600 spies.

According to the Russian satellite network on March 6, Putin said at the Russian Federal Security Conference that the Russian anti-espionage agency stopped the activities of 129 staff members and 465 agents of foreign intelligence agencies in 2018.

Putin said: The anti-spyware agency last year stopped the activities of 129 staff members and 465 agents from foreign intelligence agencies.

Putin also said that foreign intelligence agencies attempted to collect information on Russia's political, economic, scientific and technological aspects, while trying to influence the development of Russia. In December last year, the Deputy Director of the Russian National Computer Incident Coordination Center, Murashov, revealed that in the first 11 months of 2018, Russia suffered 3.4 billion cyber attacks, mainly from the United States and the European Union.

Putin pointed out that such cyberattacks are large-scale and well-planned actions that are likely to cause serious damage to Russian national interests. He stressed that improving the security of national information resources is an important task at present, including rapid defense against government agencies, state-owned enterprises, communication operators and large enterprises when they are attacked by cyber attacks.

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